Health Tip: Practice Gardening Safety

By on April 7, 2010

Even in the garden, you should take precautions to protect yourself from injury, experts advise.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these gardening safety suggestions:

  • Dress in long pants, safety goggles and shoes with good support when mowing the lawn or using other yard machinery.
  • Protect your hearing when using motorized machinery.
  • Wear gloves to prevent cuts and irritation to the skin.
  • Apply an insect repellent that contains the chemical DEET, wear tall boots, and keep pants tucked inside socks/boots to ward off ticks and mosquitoes.
  • Protect yourself from the sun with long-sleeved shirts, a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Source: HealthDay

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