Gardening is a favourite pastime for millions of people all around the United Kingdom. The idea of spending a few hours out in the sun, working hard and then sitting back to enjoy the fruits of your labours is extremely appealing. However, it can also be considerably dangerous and cause a number of accidents such as trips and falls.
Garden safety – slips, trips and falls
Making sure your garden tools have been packed away safely and securely can go a long way to preventing painful trip and fall accidents occurring. For those with families, it also prevents young green fingers getting hold of equipment which is beyond their capabilities and can cause serious personal injuries.
Garden safety – other dangers
As well as accidents with equipment and trips and falls, the other significant danger in your garden could well be the plants and flowers themselves.
The vast majority of British plants are harmless. However, this in itself can also be a problem. Poisonous plants are enough of a rarity that they are scarcely spoken of. This can create a dangerous situation where it is assumed all plants and flowers in a garden are safe. This is far from the case.
The following are examples of potentially toxic plants and fauna that can be found in many British gardens. The list is far form exhaustive.
Plants are typically poisonous in two ways. They make you ill after ingesting them or contact with them can cause rashes on the skin.
Either way, it is a situation best left avoided so wear gardening gloves and any other necessary personal protective equipment whilst gardening. Parents should also emphasise to children importance of not eating anything in the garden unless you have given it the all clear.
If anyone in your household displays any symptoms such as stomach ache, vomiting, rashes or diarrhoea after being out in the garden then urgent medical assistance should be sought. If possible, take a sample of what was eaten to A&E with you. If you are ever unsure, the Royal Horticulture Society have a long list of potentially harmful plants found in England on their website.
If you suffer an illness or injury because of negligence, you may be due some injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with years of experience in dealing with injury claims.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice