Landscaping work can be a time-consuming project, so it is essential to take precautions to ensure your safety when working on outdoor projects. Whether you’re doing garden work, erosion control, building a deck or patio, or installing windows and doors, here are five tips that will help keep you safe throughout the process.
1. Wear Proper Clothing and Footwear
Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes with non-slip soles when working outside. Always wear protective gloves and goggles. Before starting your project, check that your clothes and shoes are free of splinters, nails, and other sharp objects.
This strategy will reduce the risk of bloodborne pathogens, chemicals, and sharp objects getting into open wounds. Also, never wear clothing or shoes with iron-on, duct tape, or iron-harden patches. Remove all heavy metals from your clothes before you start working with them.
2. Be Aware of the Immediate Environment
Avoid stepping on wet grass or muddy areas, as this can cause you to slip and fall. Do not work near plants with thorns or exposed roots. Ensure to stay out of the way of sprinklers or any other garden or lawn equipment that could cause injury if it malfunctions.
Getting scratched and cut by plants, or entangled with a rose bush’s strands, can result in severe injury or infection. Check with your local mosquito abatement authority for advice on protecting yourself from disease-carrying insects.
3. Stay on the Track
Please stay on the designated path and do not stray from it. Even after your project has been completed, it is always advisable to stay on the same path so that other passersby are not injured due to your work.
Straying or getting distracted from the path can have serious consequences. If you are working near any areas vulnerable to landslides, do not go past the barriers intended to keep you safe.
4. Maintain Your Equipment Properly
Always clean up your work area before you go home for the day. Remove all debris from your work area, including nails and other sharp objects. Please do not leave any sharp objects lying around your work area or along the work path where others can step on them.
When you’re finished with a project, the best thing to do is to walk through the garden or yard with a magnet and pick up any pieces of metal, including nails and screws, that may have been left behind.
5. Prepare a First Aid Kit
It is a good idea to have a first aid kit nearby when you are working on landscaping projects to avoid calling 911 and being rushed to the hospital. The kit should contain bandages, antiseptics, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, antihistamines, and disinfectant. It is advisable to have tourniquets and an EpiPen handy since they can be used to handle severe allergic reactions.
Safety is an integral part of landscaping. It is easy to get distracted by your project’s fun and creative parts, but it is important to always think about safety first. As you work on your project, you should constantly be thinking about what can go wrong and how you can avoid dangerous situations. These five tips are a great place to start.