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A Safer Garden

Here are some reminders for maintaining personal safety while we are gardening.

WEAR GLOVES WHEN WORKING OUTSIDE

Wearing the proper gloves will not only reduce blistering but will also protect your skin from fertilizers, pesticides, bacterium and fungi that live in the soil.  When exposed to soil, even the smallest cut runs the risk of developing into a major hand infection.  Leather gloves offer protection from thorny objects, snake, rodent and insect bites, and other skin irritants in the garden.  Gloves also prevent sun damage and fingernail damage.

AVOID PROLONGED REPETITIVE MOTIONS

Unless you are used to the activity, repetitive motions such as digging, raking, trimming hedges, pruning bushes or planting bulbs may cause skin, tendon or nerve irritation.  Make sure your gardening activities and posture are varied and tasks are rotated every 15 minutes with a brief rest in-between so that the same muscles are not used over and over again.

CHECK YOUR POSTURE

‘Posture’ refers not only to your whole body position but also to the angle of your wrist while using hand tools.  Grip strength is at its maximum when the wrist is in a relaxed or neutral position.  Studies have shown that people lose up to 25% of their grip strength when their wrist is bent.

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