Garden is full of hazards for men
GARDENERS are being urged to be careful when working outside this summer.
Doctors at the A&E department at Epsom Hospital have offered safety tips after figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents showed roughly 300,000 people per year visit hospitals after garden injuries. Dr Guan Lim said: "Your garden is full of potential hazards, most of them introduced by us in a bid to make our gardens bloom.
"It's hardly surprising that the majority of accidents involve lawnmowers, but these are safe if used correctly and with care."
Men aged between 30 and 60 are the most likely to have an accident.
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According to the society, the most dangerous items include spades, forks, hedge-trimmers, hoses and flowerpots.
Visit www.rospa.com for a full garden safety checklist including a barbecue safety factsheet.