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Garden tools safety tips

Did you know that more people end up in A&E from working in the garden, than playing sport!

A lot of people take great pride in their garden and find gardening relaxing and a summertime tradition. Well, that’s until they go and chop something off because they weren’t concentrating.

OK, that’s a bit extreme, but the truth is, lawnmowers and hedge trimmers can be dangerous, stats have even shown that quite a few people end up in A&E because they’ve had an accident working on the garden.

Mowing your lawn or cutting your hedge requires common sense. If you feel like something could be dangerous or unsafe, then stop immediately.

  1. Protect yourself – You don’t know what could be lurking in long grass, ready to fly out when it’s disturbed, so pop on a pair of goggles just to be on the safe side. Don’t forget sturdy footwear, long trousers and long-sleeved tops you may even need ear defenders too.
  2. Don’t trip – At the least hazardous end of the scale, make sure you keep track of the electricity cable after you’ve plugged your garden tool in. You don’t want to get tangled up and have a nasty fall.
  3. Avoid a shock – Snagging the electric cable itself comes with its own, far greater risks. Not only will you mangle the cable which will need repairing, you could give yourself an electric shock too.
  4. Plasters at the ready – Always take extreme care while fitting and cleaning mower blades – they are understandably sharp. You don’t want any cuts or lacerations, and make sure you have disconnected the electrical supply beforehand!
  5. Don’t get burnt – Lawnnmower blades and engines can get very hot, so never refill the fuel tank just after use. Always wait until the mower or hedge trimmer has fully cooled down before touching. If you do need oil or replacements parts pop over to https://qgardenrange.co.uk/product-category/spares-accessories/
  6. Watch where you’re going – If you’re lucky enough to have a lawn worthy of a sit-on mower, always look where you’re going.
  7. Keep your small loved ones indoors – For obvious reasons, you don’t want to accidentally give your dog or cat a trim, or have children playing nearby (don’t let children mow the garden either).
  8. Save the summer drink for after – Don’t drink alcohol before you start to mow your lawn or cut your hedge.

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