In the fall, the weather is perfect for getting work done in the yard, but your skin is often at risk of various issues related to yard work. In addition to being outside in the sun, you are also potentially exposing yourself to harmful chemicals as well as possible injury. If you are going to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather by working outdoors, make sure that you take these simple precautions to keep yourself safe.
Check for Possible Skin Irritants
It is very common for people to use a variety of different chemical products on their lawn. This might include fertilizers or weed killers, among other things. Before using any of these products, it is important to read the directions and the ingredients carefully. Many will caution that allowing the product to come into contact with your skin can lead to irritation or, in more extreme cases, an infection. Make sure that you know exactly what you are using and that you are following the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use.
Use Protection Against the Sun
When the weather cools down, it is easy to forget that the ultraviolet rays of the sun are still just as powerful as they were in the summer months. When you are working in the garden, it is absolutely essential you use sunscreen, no matter what the temperature is outside. It is also recommended you wear a hat to protect your scalp. Your scalp can burn just as easily as the rest of your body, but it can often be even more difficult to treat without ruining your hair.
Protect Your Hands with Work Gloves
Even if you are someone who does not mind getting your hands dirty, you should be protecting them with gloves when you work in the yard. Small abrasions or pokes from thorns may not seem like a big deal and may not even hurt much at first. However, when they are exposed to the dirt, sweat, and products associated with yard work, they could develop into much bigger problems. If you do sustain an injury while working in the yard, stop what you are doing immediately and treat it so that you do not end up with an infection.
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