INERTIA: A Therapist's Thoughts

May 2 2014
More of a Pale Green Thumb

In theory, spring is here. Once Mother Nature stops the cold and rain, it will be time to hit the ground! I love flowers, trees and the outdoors. I will admit though, I tend to lose the battle of the weeds. They have patience and all the time to strike out against me. 

So it is time for my annual battle of planting flowers. Most injuries sustained from gardening are simple thorn scratches, but we still need to think about safety.

  • Before the dirt. Make sure you have the correct gear on to keep you safe. Wear close-fitting clothes, gardening gloves, long pants, long sleeves and slip-resistant shoes. 
  • My eyes! Put your safety glasses on - not sunglasses! Sunglasses do not have the side protection needed.
  • It's a scorcher out here. Stay well hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Alcoholic drinks will add to your dehydration. Put on sunblock - SPF 30 or higher. This should be put on any skin that is exposed to the sun - your neck, ears, etc.
  • Clean it up. Place hoses away to avoid tripping. Lay ladders on their side. Place rakes with the tines down. Put chemicals in a locked, ventilated area where children can't get to them.
  • Follow directions. Read the directions for equipment and chemicals before using them.
  • No kids or pets allowed. Keep your family safe. After chemicals are used, keep the children and pets off as directed.
  • Bam, rattle, crunch. Before mowing the grass, clean the area. Pick-up sticks, twigs, toys, and rocks. The lawnmower can make simple debris into projectiles when you run them over.

While I do not profess to have a green thumb, I do once in a while find a victory in the gardening battle. I am looking forward to sitting on the patio smelling the flowers, listening to the birds and relaxing.


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  • Lisa Hass-Peters
    Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Injury Prevention Educator, EMS Liaison