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A Guide to Staying Safe in the Sun

A Guide to Staying Safe in the Sun

During summer, most of us are tempted to spend more time outdoors, in our very own gardens if we are lucky enough to have one. However, it is important not to overdo it in the sun because there are a range of risks involved. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep yourself safe and avoid getting burnt, dehydrated or worse. 


Use Sun Cream and Stay Hydrated

We spend the majority of the time in our garden partaking in activities, whether this be gardening, playing with the kids or getting some exercise. As this activity can be relatively draining and cause you to swear, you should keep a cool drink to hand and get into the habit of applying sun cream several times throughout the day. The higher the SPF factor the better! This is true even if you are working in a greenhouse as the glass will not protect you from the sun’s rays. 


Keep an Eye on the Time

Bear in mind that the sun is at its strongest between the hours of 11am and 3pm, so it might be wise to do some weeding in the shade, relax under a parasol or organise your garden shed or summerhouse during those hours so that you are not in direct sunlight. We suggest having a nice nap in the shade if you have a minute!


Install a Pergola for Extra Shelter

Pergolas are a fantastic addition to any garden and are great for offering shade during the summer. You could build your own if you feel up to the challenge or hire a professional to help you. Consider whether you want a slatted roof or a completely covered one to offer greater shelter, and be sure to add a protective wood treatment so that it doesn’t decay or lose it’s colour. 


Stay Safe Whilst Gardening

The chances are, you’ll probably be tending to your garden while the weather is warmer, like installing a new fence or planting some flowers and shrubs. When doing so, make sure you wear appropriate clothing so that you don’t hurt yourself. Lawsons stock a range of safety wear, including gloves, to protect you against sharp tools, blisters, and fertilisers etc. Your skin is your largest organ and it’s crucial that you look after it.



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