The summer is within touching distance, and many of us are looking forward to getting the garden games out and enjoying some quality time with friends and family. Although a bit of friendly competition can make things interesting, it is important to consider safety. You may think that garden games are just a bit of fun, but it’s important to remember ways of keeping safe when playing swingball and avoiding injuries. If you’re a mean tennis player, an expert with a croquet mallet or you love to host a mini football tournament, here are some simple safety tips for you.
Stay safe when playing swingball
Nobody wants a day in the garden to end up in disaster. Here are 3 top ways of keeping safe when playing swingball:
- Play by the rules: although they may seem to kill the vibe from time to time, the rules are there for a reason. Resist the temptation to create your own regulations, and play by the rules to minimise the risk of swingball injuries.
- Don’t hit it too hard: it can be tempting to unleash all your power and strength when you’re playing games like swingball, but try and stay composed. If you hit the ball too hard, it’s likely to end in tears.
- Consider your opponent: if you’re playing games with the kids, try and temper your competitive nature and consider their age and skill level. Hit the ball gently and encourage them to connect with it when it comes around.
These rules are not just applicable to swingball. They can help to reduce the risk of garden injuries whatever game you choose to play.
Compensation for garden accidents
This is the time of year when we want to make the most of the outdoors and the glimpses of sunshine spring brings. Nothing puts paid to a fun day in the fresh air like a garden accident, so try and make sure your garden is a safe haven, especially if you have pets or children. If you have been injured in the garden and you weren’t at fault, it may be possible to claim compensation. Compensation for garden accidents can only be awarded in cases where negligence on the part of another person or a company was to blame. If you were injured as a result of using faulty equipment in the garden, for example, this would meet qualifying criteria. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out more.
Date Published: April 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice