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Compost Health Hazards

As gardener's, we think about compost as a valuable organic garden soil conditioner, mulch and fertilizer. We also need to be aware of the health hazards that can lurk in your compost pile. Gardeners who are not in the best of general health, have a low functioning immune system, and people who suffer from asthma, allergies and other lung diseases. Are especially at risk. Even a gardener in good general health could be at risk.

A compost pile contains lots of fungus, molds, mildew, bacteria, and often pollens.

The most common problems are allergies, breathing problems, infections and rashes. Tetanus, a bacteria,. is common in soil. Infections can easily occur through a cut in your hand.

It is therefore, wise to protect yourself, when handling compost.

  • Use dust masks

  • Use gloves when handling compost.  

  • Make sure your Tetanus shots are up to date.


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