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Stay safe in your garden

Published 6 April 2017

Here are a few tips to stay safe in your garden this spring!

  •  Always use a ‘Power Breaker’, when operating electrical garden tools and mowers.
  • Get the professionals in for jobs you can’t do yourself. Always use the right equipment, such as gloves, goggles, helmet, face mask and safety shoes.
  • Always follow manufacturers’ instructions for tasks, especially when using weed killers, adhesives and solvents. Never store them in alternative containers that could cause confusion and lead to poisoning.
  • Keep garden tools in good condition and away from small children. Ensure kids stand well back while you’re using lawnmowers or doing repairs.
  • Avoid poisoning and chemical burns by storing chemicals safely out of sight and out of reach of children, in a secure place.
  • Never leave children alone near ponds or water features. Fencing can make ponds even safer.
  • Legionella is a deadly disease linked to stagnant water. Reduce the risk by running water through hosepipes (removing any attachments) for at least two minutes. This should remove any standing water left over winter, before you use it.
  • Make sure paths and steps are level, stable and free from moss. Installing safety rails can help too.
  • Always check a ladder’s condition before use and using it at a safe angle.

·    And….remember when the BBQ finally comes out, make sure you don’t take any risks. Always sit them away from fences, sheds and trees and not near gas cylinders and oil storage tanks.

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