It’s not easy keeping your child safe in an outdoor environment. You can childproof your home well enough, but making your yard 100% childproof can be a real challenge. Still, there are steps homeowners can take to keep their yard safe for their children. Here are some safety and house cleaning tips for your yard.
How to Make Your Yard Safe For Playing Children
Clear Your Yard of Natural Hazards
Along with childproofing and house cleaning tips to keep your home safe for your kids, you need to extend safety and cleanliness to your yard. There are many potential hazards outside that can harm kids, including tripping hazards such as large sticks and rocks. There is a broad range of risks to look for – beehives, animal nests, weak tree limbs, and holes – all need to be remedied. The first step is to identify the hazards and then fix them one by one.
Put Away Tools and Hazardous Chemicals
Not only should natural hazards be taken care of, but homeowners should remove and store tools and lawn chemicals away from children and play areas. You should stow away any solutions used to clean your house or yard. Kids get curious, and they could end up hurt. Heavy-duty machinery like lawnmowers, hedge clippers, or any power tools or chemicals used around the yard could be dangerous to kids.
Don’t Let Water Build on Your Property
Large puddles and other vessels containing standing water can be a magnet for mosquitoes and other bugs. These containers might not seem like a big deal, but mosquitoes harbor dangerous diseases that can harm your kids. So keep large quantities of water off your property. Buckets or containers filled with water present a drowning hazard for young children. Children have drowned in 5-gallon buckets of water when they couldn’t extricate themselves after falling in headfirst. Remove any water collecting vessels from the yard.
Safe Play Equipment
Finally, you want to buy safe play equipment to make your kids. Forts or play structures for your kids should be sturdy and made of high-quality materials. All structures should have safety measures installed before the children are permitted to use them.
On a side note, skip the trampoline. Trampolines are a significant hazard for kids. Many doctors and safety experts discourage parents from getting trampolines (even with safety nets) for children. Trampolines are fun, but jumping on them could end with a trip to the ER.
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