Storing your garden tools safely not only extends their life but also additionally ensures nasty accidents are avoided.
When selecting your garden storage area, be it a garden shed, garage or storage cupboard; always ensure it has adequate room for not only tools and equipment, but also for you to move around freely. Having to climb over things to get what you need puts you in a hazardous position.
Have a nice trip.
This may sound obvious but you would be surprised! Never leave any tool lying around on the floor and make sure all entrances and exits are free from trip hazzards. A nasty fall onto a sharp garden utensil can have fatal consequences.
“Always keep the area clean, tidy, and serviceable”.
Never leave garden tools on the ground when being used out in the garden. One of the greatest causes of injury are rakes left lying around with their tines facing upward. A rake handle slamming into your face with sufficient force to cause severe injury. Comical as this may sound, this is a common garden injury that is definitely no laughing matter.
These Are Tools Not Toys.
Never allow children to play in your storage area. This area contains tools not toys. It is very easy for a child to injure themselves or someone else while trying to use your tools as part of their fun.
Ensure your garden storage area is lockable. This will not only reduce the possibility of theft, it will additionally stop children having access to hazardous tools, sprays, and equipment. Look for a good quality metal shed with a good quality locking system.
If you have children around your home objects like knives, edging shears and Secateurs are best stored in a locked cabinet or drawer where they are safely out of harms way.
Garden sprays and spraying utensils should also be out of reach and secured safely away in a metal storage shed unit with some type of locking mechanism.
Hooks = safety
In your good quality, LOCKABLE metal shed make sure you get some hooks and hang all your tools up away from little fingers.
TIP. Hang them with the sharp end pointing inwards.
If you have paint, poisons and chemicals – get some shelves and keep them off the floor. Children drinking paint, is not a good thing.
Do you know what’s in your shed??
Tip: Try to label where your tools hang. If you do this any tool that is not where it is supposed to be will easily show up and can be located and returned to where it belongs. It additionally makes it easier to locate, as you will know precisely which tool you are looking for. Also if anything sharp is missing you can find it quickly before it falls into the wrong hands.
If correctly set out your storage area can make gardening so much easier. Your tools in a proper place and right where they should be when you need them, your safety ensured by following a few simple commonsense pointers and your enthusiasm bursting to get out and create.