May 21, 2012

Five Tips To Secure Your Backyard

Often, there are so many child safety hazards in the home that parents forget to ensure the backyard is a safe place to be as well. Unfortunately, however, backyards can be a hazardous place, with thousands of backyard injuries and even deaths occurring every year.

1.     Childproofing play equipment

Swing sets, trampolines, sandpits, cubby houses — all of these pose very real hazards for parents to be concerned about. When it comes to swing sets, always check that the screws are tightened and that there are no protruding bolts. Trampolines need strong springs and it pays to consider using a safety net to prevent falls. Sandpits can be dangerous if sharp objects find their way in; be sure to cover them up after your child is done playing with them — after all, you never know what neighbors might throw over the fence. Finally, check that cubby houses are free of dangerous nails or screws, and also ensure there are no dangerous insects.

2.     Teach animal safety

While pets can be great pals for young children, they can also be unpredictable and dangerous if a few basic safety tips aren’t observed. Be sure to have your pet spayed or neutered, as this will have a positive effect on its temperament.

3.     Keep your shed locked

If you have a backyard shed — or indeed, just a set of tools that might otherwise belong in a shed — you need to ensure they are locked up at all times. Any tools such as hammers, saws, axes, screws and nails can be incredibly dangerous in the hands of young children, so put them away when you’re done using them. You must also beware of leaving chemical substances such as fertilizers, pool cleaners, weed killers and rat baits within reach, as curious children may ingest these leading to poisoning.

4.     Take care when mowing

While lawn mowers are becoming more and safer, they still pose a few obvious dangers. First and foremost, it’s a given us that you shouldn’t leave a running lawnmower unattended if there are young children around. You should also ensure the grass is clear of objects such as stones, dog bones, toys and other sharp objects which could be flung across the yard by a lawnmower blade, potentially impacting with a young one. If you use a ride-on mower, be sure to always check behind you when you’re reversing. Many backyard tragedies have occurred when these basic precautions haven’t been observed.

5.     Secure pool fencing

Every state has its own rules and regulations when it comes to pool safety fencing but, unequivocally, the laws state that a pool fence must be present. In general, the fence will need to be 4 feet high with a gate that only opens away from the pool area. Additionally, there should be no obvious climbing spots.

About the Author

Todd, the author works with arizona home security who are well known for their Nogales Wireless Security.


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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