Gardening is a pastime that many take up to relax, unwind, and enjoy nature in a calm way. So it might sound strange to hear that there are many gardening accidents that occur each year. Some of these are simple, like over-watering plants, while others are actually dangerous and can get you hurt if you aren’t careful. These are some of the most common types of gardening accidents, and how you can avoid them.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
It’s very easy to trip over something, slide on wet grass, or twist an ankle while working outside. It’s unpleasant stuff for anyone, but these types of accidents can be especially dangerous for older gardeners who live alone. There are several ways to avoid a fall in the garden. First, don’t go out immediately after rain, when the ground will still be wet and slippery. Second, wear quality shoes with good traction. Finally, since nothing is 100% unavoidable, carry a cell phone whenever you’re outside so that you can call for help if needed.
Did you know that you can be allergic to a bee sting and not even know it? Many of us who haven’t been stung before could be walking around with a dangerous allergy and be completely unaware. Unfortunately, you can’t know whether you’ll have an allergic reaction beforehand, so it’s best to keep a phone on hand to call 911 if something happens. If you do have a documented allergy, then you should absolutely keep an epi-pen or other similar device on you whenever you’re outside.
If you’re mowing the lawn and accidentally run over an extension cord, you could potentially be electrocuted. Also, it’s uncommon, but there is a slight risk of being struck by lightning if you’re outside when a thunderstorm rolls up. To avoid these types of accidents, always be mindful when using gardening equipment, and go inside if the weather starts looking questionable.
As the weather warms up, cold-blooded animals will be on the move once again. There’s always a chance that you’ll cross paths with one when you’re outside, especially if you’re moving through plants. Making a lot of noise as you move can help to scare some snakes off, but the best way to avoid a snakebite is to simply be mindful, keep your eyes peeled for those scaly tails, and never put your fingers into spaces that you can’t see inside. If you do encounter a snake, back away slowly– running can trigger the snake to strike.
Be careful as you begin to spend more time outside this spring and remember that having fun and enjoying nature is a major part of gardening. Don’t let the potential risks keep you from setting up that patio or planting that garden.