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Every year, over 125,000 children are seriously injured in the garden.

Gardening can and should be a source of pleasure, relaxation and exercise. Unfortunately, there are many hazards that may result in nasty accidents and even injury, if caution and care are not observed.

 

Gardening can and should be a source of pleasure, relaxation and exercise. Unfortunately, there are many hazards that may result in nasty accidents and even injury, if caution and care are not observed.

 

General Garden Safety Tips

• Don’t leave sharp tools unattended.

• Read the label on chemical and organic products. Keep them away from children.

•  Wear safety equipment.

• Keep tools sharp and clean.

• Use kneepads or foam pads to kneel on.

• When using electrical equipment, pay careful attention to the cord and connections at all times. Always wear goggles.

• When using gas-powered equipment, never leave running while not in use. Always wear goggles. Keep children at a safe distance.

• When lifting heavy items, lift properly. Use your legs, not your back. Ask forhelp if you need it.

• Pace yourself. Don’t attempt too much, too fast, especially in the heat.

• Make sure your garden is secure and that fences, walls and gates are doing their job.

• Fence off or fill in garden ponds. Empty paddling pools after use and store them deflated or upside down – children can drown in rainwater that collects after a shower. Never leave a child under 8 years old alone in or near water.

• Swings and climbing frames should be securely fixed and well maintained. Don’t put them on hard surfaces or near glass greenhouses or near plants with thorns, holly etc. Make sure there is plenty of room to walk around swings.

• BBQs can be a major hazard. Never leave them unattended when children are around. Lit BBQs give off carbon monoxide so should never be used indoors.

• Broken or uneven bricks or slabs on pathways cause thousands of accidents each year. Keep them well maintained.

• Lock away hazards such as chemicals, sharp tools and electrical equipment when not in use.

• Unplug electrical equipment when not in use. Never use it in the wet and keep it in good repair. Fitting an RCD (residual current device) could save a life.

• Make sure you know which plants in your garden are poisonous and keep them out of reach of young children or better still uproot them

• Teach your child NEVER to eat anything they find in the garden especially any plants

• Clean up after pets

 

 

By following these simple garden safety tips and using common sense, you are well on your way to enjoying time in your garden safely and successfully.

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