Gardening can be a great way to get physical activity, beautify the community, and go green. However, it is important to protect yourself! Whether you are a beginner or an expert, take precautions as you work and play in the sun and around insects, lawn and garden equipment, and chemicals.
Below are some health and safety tips for gardeners to follow:
Dress to Protect
- Prevent exposure to harmful chemicals, insects, and the sun by wearing the proper clothing, and safety equipment.
- Use an insect repellant and sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
- Always check your clothes and body for ticks.
- Wear a hat with a wide rim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
Know Your Limits in the Heat
- Even being out for short periods of time in high temperatures can cause serious health problems.
- Monitor your activities and time in the sun to lower your risk for heat-related illness.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Whatever your outdoor activity, have water on hand to decrease the chance of dehydration.
Put Safety First
- Be aware of possible hazards to prevent injury.
- Read all instructions and labels before using chemicals and operating equipment.
- Check equipment before each use.
- Limit distractions while using equipment.
Enjoy the Benefits of Physical Activity
- Active people are less likely than inactive people to be obese or have high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer, and premature death.
- Adults should get 2½ hours per week of physical activity.
- Vaccinations can prevent many diseases and save lives.
- Remember that tetanus lives in soil and all adults should get a tetanus vaccination every 10 years.
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