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Staying Safe During Your Home Gardening Project

Gardening can be a great way to burn calories and relieve stress. But it can also be hazardous. Here’s how to protect yourself.

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For most of us working in the yard is a way to escape the daily rat race. But gardening isn’t exactly worry free. There are a couple of tips whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been gardening for years.

First of all, don’t forget the sunscreen. Use at least an SPF of 15 or higher and put it every where and anywhere that’s going to be exposed to the sun. Second, it’s always a good idea to have a hat around.

Warming up with some stretches is also important. You’d be surprised how rigorous a couple hours of gardening can really be.

To prevent sprains and strains, keep your body straight and erect when shoveling or raking, and like your spouse always says, bend at the knees when picking up objects.

Your back will thank you in the morning.

Every gardener loves their power tools, and I’m no exception. Just keep in mind, if it has a motor, it has spinning parts, and those parts can either pull you towards the motor or pull the motor towards you. You want to avoid using clothes that are too baggy. And if you have long hair, you want to pull it back and out of the way.

While the mower’s engine is running earplugs or headphones and goggles should be on. And if it’s especially dusty, wear a mask. Sure, the neighbors may stare, but safety is always priority number one.

It’s fun in the sun but don’t forget to take breaks. Sit back, enjoy your work. And most importantly is probably water. Keep a bottle of this nearby. When the heat is on, you want to stay hydrated.


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