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June 2013 (Lawn & Garden Safety)

Chris Jacobs

Speaker, Chris Jacobs (left), spoke about lawn and garden safety. Also pictured is Bill Conover (right), Certified Master Gardener Volunteer.

The June 27, 2013 Dodge County Master Gardener Association meeting featured Chris Jacobs, on “Lawn and Garden Safety”.  Chris covered lawn mower safety, dressing appropriate for the job (earplugs, safety glasses, gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent and clothes). HIghlights of this meeting include:

  • June is National Safety Month.  
  • Children should not ride on a lawn mower.
  • Gardening-use the right tool for the job.  Keep tools sharp and clean.
  • Pesticides-identify pest, read labels and wear protective clothing.
  • Weather-no place is safe outdoors during storms-go indoors.
  • Have age appropriate activities for children in gardens; keep sharp tools and chemicals away from them.
  • Gardening should be fun!
  • Pets-be aware of toxic plants and cocoa mulch in landscapes.
  • NIOSH Fast Fact sheets on protecting yourself from Heat Stress and Poisonous Plants.
  • National Safety Council sheets on Preventing slips, trips, and falls.
  • Ladder Safety and Ergonomics: Stretch your way to better health were handed out. 

Next meeting, July 25th-tour Dave Laatsch farm.

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