Summer is the time for gardeners to get outdoors and enjoy the fruits of their labours – admiring the colourful flowers that they planted during the drab, grey winter months.
But dangers do lurk in the garden. According to the Department of Trade and Industry figures from 2002, each year about 300,000 people require hospital treatment following accidents in the garden.
From strimming in your flip-flops to leaving that garden hose trailing like a trip wire, there are plenty of opportunities for incident if you’re not too careful! Did you know 3,000 incidents were caused by electrical hedge trimmers alone last year?
Some of the most common garden hazards include:
- Hands – most accidents involve cuts so it can pay to wear gloves on your hands.
- Feet – wearing sandals might make you feel more summery but it does make your skin more exposed so wear a sturdy pair of shoes instead. Also, wear trousers when mowing and strimming etc!
- Electrical equipment common sense –ensure that all the machinery you use has a residual current device (RCD) which cuts off the power immediately if a cable or flex is cut through.
- Don’t use electrical equipment in wet weather.
- Lawnmowers – do turn off the lawnmower at the plug (not just on the machine) when carrying out maintenance work; this applies to other electrical equipment too. A lot of accidents happen when gardeners are cleaning the blades.
- Identify and remedy tripping hazards – are there loose paving stones in your garden? The most common garden accident is a fall.
One of the best ways to reduce hazards caused by loose pavers is to replace that tired path using the HMS Resin Bound paving kit. The porous, SUDS compliant finish is available in a wide range of colours, is smooth underfoot and has absolutely no stone migration! Our handy DIY kits can transform your existing sound footpath or patio area is less than 24hours! Simply pop into our Leicestershire showroom to browse and buy, or look online via https://www.hmslimited.co.uk/online-sales/.
Don’t forget; BBQ’s… disposable BBQ’s should not be used directly onto decorative paving to reduce the risk of scorching and oil staining, and surface protection is recommended in cooking areas.
And as a final precaution that we’re all too familiar; though that sausage resembles charcoal on the outside, you know it’s probably still frozen solid inside…