Winter is almost over. Ready for springtime and summertime dips in the pool? Backyard fun comes with its own dangers. As much as we love helping our kids get exercise and fresh air, it’s important to do as much as we can to help them stay safe. Use these checklists to be sure you avoid common hazards in outdoor play.
Examine Your Backyard
The backyard is part of the home, but it could get unsafe if we aren’t careful. Be sure to childproof the yard before sending the kids out to play. Check the yard for loose garden hoses or stray garden tools. Be sure to remove all items that could cause an accident in the backyard. Store hazardous items in the garage or another area out of reach from children.
Sometimes yard hazards can come from nature.
Large sharp tree branches or big holes can cause unfortunate backyard occurrences. Thorns, poisonous weeds, or areas with ants or insects that bite can all be causes of backyard hazards.
If you have swing sets, tree houses, or any other backyard fun devices, be sure to check for rusting or sharp edges that can injure the kids. Be sure that no pesky bugs that sting have built nests or homes on your back yard furniture.
Backyard Safety Checklist
- Check porch steps for loose boards or nails.
- Check all backyard fun equipment like playground or pool features.
- Clear the yard of all tools or chemicals that can be harmful to children.
- Find a safe, child-proof place for all yard tools.
- Check the yard for any bugs, insects, or poisonous plants that can be harmful to kids.
- Always keep an eye on your kids while they are playing in the yard.
Teach Kids Safety Tips
Spend winter and spring getting your kids ready for summer. Establish a set of well-known rules and be sure your kids can recite them back to you before you send them out for summer fun. Establishing rules is important for the health and safety of your home. Your kids’ friends should also be aware of the house rules. The rules for outdoor safety are to protect anyone who visits your home.
Your rules should reflect the safety hazards in your space. For example, if you have a trampoline in your yard you should put rules in place to warn your kids about the dangers of the trampoline.
The majority of trampoline accidents and injuries occur when multiple people are jumping on the trampoline. Small children are especially susceptible to danger when multiple people jump on a trampoline. If you have toddlers or small children, it may be safer to keep them off of the trampoline. About 15 percent of trampoline injuries happen to children below the age of 6.
Set an age limit for some of your backyard fun tools, like trampolines. Setting an age limit is a great way to keep your child safe at home and to keep your toddler safe.
The majority of trampoline accidents and injuries occur when multiple people are jumping on the trampoline.
Kids’ Playtime Safety Checklist
- No rough playing. Kids should not chase, shove or kick when playing outside.
- Be careful with play equipment. Do not jump off of high swings or platforms, or run up slides. No standing while swinging or climbing anything that is not meant to be climbed.
- Remember where your things belong. Be sure to put your bikes away in the place they belong. Put all personal items away before beginning play.
- Wear the right play shoes. Be sure to put on sneakers with good grip. Always choose closed-toe shoes when playing.
- Do not enter forbidden areas. No kids allowed in the shed or the garage. Kids should not be allowed anywhere that hazardous materials are stored.
Pools Can Be A Major Hazard
Pool safety is a major issue in safe outdoor fun. More than 80% of pool deaths reported by the National Safety Council have happened at residential and home pools. Backyard drowning is the main cause of fatalities in children under 5 years old. Establishing pool safety rules should be a key part of your toddler’s home safety checklist.
Consider getting a child-proof pool gate. Installing a pool gate is an important child safety tip for parents. Depending on the size and shape of your pool, you may want to invest in installing an outdoor retractable gate as well.
Pool Safety Checklist
- Keep all doors and gates leading to the pool locked at all times.
- Invest in baby proofing products like gates and blockades near the pool.
- Keep the pool area dry and free of all sharp objects.
- Never leave your kids alone at the pool. Keep a close eye on them at all times, this is a vital safety tip.
Have A Fence For Babies And Pets
A baby gate should be on the top of your home safety inspection checklist. Baby gates can help keep your kids and your entire family safe.
Be sure your kids are aware of all boundaries for playing. You may even want to get your kids GPS trackers so you can always know where they are and keep them from wandering away.
Retractable gates are a great investment for your child’s safety. Retractable gates include tools for easy installation as well as self-closing and self-latchable features. Here is a list of some of the benefits of a retractable gate.
- Gives kids the freedom to play without worry of them leaving their safe zone.
- Prevents fatal accidents by stopping kids from entering unsafe areas.
- Available in taller sizes for when your kid grows.
- Comes with child-proof easy-open features that are easy to use.
- Low aesthetic impact on your home’s design
Grill And Fire Pit Safety
Summertime is a prime time for family cookouts and grilling. A misstep or play near fire hazards can lead to an unfortunate trip to the hospital. Take steps to prevent accidents and use these tips for fire safety.
Grill Safety Checklist
- Supervision is key. Be sure to always have an adult supervising kids when the grill is on.
- Remove all flammable items from the vicinity.
- Be sure to keep fire safety tools around like fire extinguishers.
- Install a fire barrier.
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