Gardening is good for the soul, but there are a few surprising dangers. Stay safe in the garden and prevent injury by avoiding these 7 dangers hidden in your garden.
1. Tetanus Dangers
Tetanus can be found almost anywhere in your garden including soil, dust, or manure. According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 30% of tetanus injuries occur while gardening. Avoid the risk of serious infection by making sure your tetanus shot is up to date.
2. Equipment Injuries
Prevent the risk of injury in the garden by checking use of equipment regularly and properly storing tools. Safe use of gardening tools will keep you injury-free and gardening all season long!
3. Unsafe Walkways
Always make sure walkways are clear of gardening equipment. You don’t want to injure yourself by tripping over tools such as a shovel, rake, or hose. In addition to storing equipment properly, be careful after rainstorms as walkways can become slippery and unsafe to use.
4. Noisy Gardening Tools
Protect your hearing! Use earplugs or muffs when using equipment like mowers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, or any other noise bearing tools in the garden.
5. Insect Bites
Keep an eye out for bugs! Bee stings and spider bites are known for causing common gardening injuries. In most cases, insect bites lead to redness, minor irritation, and itching. If you develop a severe or allergic reaction to an insect bite, seek medical attention right away.
6. Prickly Thorns
Watch out for sharp thorns in the garden! Throny plants like roses and vines can lead to minor but painful injuries. Protect your hands from puncture wounds by wearing gloves when gardening.
7. Pushing Past Your Limits
Sometimes you can be your own worst enemy! Look after yourself in the garden by taking breaks, staying hydrated, and knowing when it’s time to stop.
Make gardening safe and even more fun by avoiding these hidden dangers lurking in your garden.