Composting has many benefits. If you are new to gardening and want to start your own compost, it’s also important to be aware of the health risks associated with it as well. To avoid exposing yourself to these dangers here are some of the precautions you should take when handling compost.
As we know very well, washing our hands is extremely important in order to avoid becoming sick from viruses, etc. The same is true when handling compost, be sure to wash your hands immediately after using it. It can be very easy to forget this, especially if you continue on to another aspect of yard work straight away.
Even while using compost you will want to have as little contact with it as possible. Protective clothing, a good pair of gloves, and the right footwear should help limit contact. Remember to take off all these items before entering the home so that you don’t bring hazardous pathogens inside with you.
Those that have experience with composting know that it must be broken down, to do this tilling is important. During this process, however, dangerous spores produced by rotting matter in the compost can become airborne. Inhaling these spores can cause health problems so always be sure to wear a mask while tilling. If the weather is particularly windy, it might be better for you to avoid tilling altogether.
Another important reminder is that if compost is not stored in the correct way it can become combustible. Make sure it is kept in a container that allows for good airflow.
Composting can be a very good thing but make sure you handle it safely and every precaution.