In our last article, we saw that while composting can be a very good thing to do, caution must be taken at the same time to avoid the health related hazards that can come with it. There are many precautions we can take to ensure that we stay safe when it comes to composting.
Always protect yourself by wearing suitable clothing. Good protective footwear is essential if you want to keep yourself protected. You want to avoid coming in contact with the compost as much as possible. Never keep this footwear on when entering the home.
As someone who handles compost regularly knows, that tilling is something that must be done regularly in order to help the compost break down. Its important that you avoid the possibility of inhaling spores, so make sure to wear a breathing mask when tilling. Its also not a good idea to do this when its windy out.
Did you know that compost can be quite combustible if stored wrongly? Store your compost in a container that allows for decent air flow.
Washing your hands after handling compost is one of the most important things to do to stay healthy. This is often overlooked though, especially if you move on to doing something else in the garden.
These are just a few of the simple ways to protect yourself while doing something you love.