In our last blog, we discussed the fact that while composting can be a very good thing to do, we must also use caution, at the same time to avoid the health related hazards that come with it. There are a number of precautions we can take to ensure our safety when it comes to composting.
One of the best ways to avoid coming into contact with compost, is by using suitable, protective clothing. This would involve being covered up and wearing good protective footwear. Never wear this footwear when entering the home.
Someone who handles compost frequently knows that tilling is something that must be done regularly so as to help the compost break down. Its essential that you avoid the possibility of inhaling spores from the compost, so always wear a breathing mask when tilling. If it is very windy out, it would be best to avoid tilling at this time.
Were you aware that compost can be quite combustible if stored wrongly? Store your compost in a container that will allow for good air flow.
Washing your hands after handling compost is another essential part of avoiding potentially dangerous ailments. This often becomes overlooked though, especially if you move directly on to doing something else in the garden.
These may seem like some simple tips to protecting yourself while doing something you love, but never underestimate their ability to protect you.