Summer is coming soon!
Summer means heat, which pushes many of us to get the hoses out to water our lawns, our plants or even water each other to cool down!
However, even though it may seem safe, the use of garden hoses is not without risk and requires taking the necessary precautions.
What are the risks of using garden hoses?
1. The first risk to take into account is that of burns.
Indeed, the temperature of the water in a garden hose exposed to the sun for a long period can quickly rise to very high temperatures such as 55°C or 60°C.
To overcome this problem, simple and effective solutions exist:
- Let the water run for a few moments to cool before spraying people or animals.- Store the garden hose in the shade and leave it exposed to the sun for as little time as possible.
2. In addition, there is a significant risk of poisoning.
If you are ever tempted to drink the water directly from a hose, there are a few things you should know before doing so!
The hose and its brass fittings can release lead, bromine antimony, and other toxic minerals. In addition, most garden hoses are made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), a plastic that can also release substances harmful to health.
Fortunately for us, the vast majority of the chemical content is in the water at rest, allowing us to easily limit the risks by:
- Letting the water run for a few moments and never drinking immediately when the hose is just turned on.
- Favor the use of PVC-free hoses, such as those made of natural rubber for example.
- Since children are more vulnerable to harmful chemicals than adults, it is best to prevent them from drinking water out of a garden hose.
Finally, a practice that unfortunately too many people forget is to turn off the garden faucet that supplies your hose after each use and empty the water that remains in the hose.
By getting rid of the remaining water and preventing any other water from flowing through the hose, you will avoid most of the problems mentioned above!
In conclusion, it is important to note that through these simple small gestures, you will be able to greatly limit the risks and to enjoy the summer safely!