Danger lurking in the undergrowth!

We have all at some time walked or driven past a garden that looked a complete wilderness, unmown lawn, overgrown shrubs, and neglected flowerbeds and discarded rubbish, looking unloved and what’s more, dangerous. However we know that even the most well-kept garden can be very dangerous if the right precautions are not put into place, but by taking your time to be sure that all is safe a much more user friendly place can be enjoyed by all, not just us gardeners who spend frustrating hours trying to keep on top of ground elder!

Below are a few examples to give you an idea about the importance of health and safety in the garden:

  1. We know that a person can drown in just a small amount of water, so things like being careful around the garden pond and being sure that children are supervised are obvious issues to be aware of.
  2. Many garden tools have sharp edges or blades so be extra careful with these and put them away somewhere safe once you’ve finished using them.
  3. Imagine the damage that can be done should an inexperienced person or child get hold of an electric jigsaw, jet wash or power drill whilst the power is still on. There are now available electric hedge trimmers, electric chainsaws and electric mowers. It doesn’t bear thinking about what could happen if a child, having seen these machines being used, thinks it looks so much fun and so simple to do, gives in to temptation……
  4. All garden chemicals are highly toxic so you must be certain to wear the appropriate protective wear whilst using them, and store them away safely when not in use. As expert health and safety consultants in Kent we can give you all the information that you might need regarding the use and storage of these materials.

So, as you see it is very important to pay attention to these potential dangers when in the garden. Common sense plays a big part but a little extra vigilance can go that much further.

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posted on October 2, 2013
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