When you go out into the garden in the summer, whether to relax and sunbathe, do a bit of gardening or play with your children you don’t think about the possibility of garden related injuries. Accident Advice Helpline advises how to avoid garden related injuries whilst still having fun.
Get rid of any prickly or thorny plants which could cause injuries
This may seem obvious but especially with children in the house you need to make sure that if the children take a fall in the garden they won’t fall on something which could harm them badly.
This includes thorns, stinging nettles and anything spiky. When removing these weeds and plants from the garden make sure you use strong gardening gloves so you don’t cut your skin.
Ensure any wooden furniture is smooth
If you have anything wooden in the garden whether it is a bench, shed or fence make sure that the surface is not covered in loose splinters. A splinter may seem harmless but if it goes too deep into the skin or if the splinter is dirty then an infection could set in causing quite a serious garden related injury. Simple sanding will remove any loose splinters and prevent any injuries.
Cover any ponds to stop serious slips, trips, and falls
If you have children this may be a main priority to prevent an injury in the garden. Kids of any age are accident prone and often have many slips, trips, and falls which can be caused by something as simple as their own feet.
So, if they do have a trip in the garden the last thing you want is for them to fall into the pond, injuring themselves badly. You can prevent this by putting a cover over ponds or putting up a wall around the pond so that it is harder to fall in.
Garden related injuries are not always thought about on the same level as accidents in the home but they can be just as serious. The garden is full of dirt which can equate to serious infection if not treated right.
Although garden related injuries are not usually something you could claim for if it was your own fault, if you feel that an accident has happened which wasn’t you or your family’s fault then speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find our if you could make an accident claim.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 5, 2013
Author: David Brown