Keeping Your Backyard Safe
We are all spending more time at home and people are finding creative ways to turn their backyards into the perfect vacation spot not only for the kids but for the adults as well. However, there are dangers that lurk in backyards that can take the fun out of your stay-at-home vacation.
To keep your “staycation” oasis enjoyable and free of danger, read on for our 8 useful backyard safety tips.
Backyard Safety Tip #1: Children and Water Can Be a Dangerous Combination
If you have a pool in your backyard, lucky you! When the heat becomes unbearable, the pool offers the perfect respite from the hot sun. However, it can be dangerous, especially if you have young children around. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children aged one to four.
Here are some swimming pool safety tips:
✓ Prevent unsupervised access or swimming. Install safety precautions like pool fences, covers, and alarms to prevent children getting into the pool unattended. As a pool owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that access is restricted to the pool area.
Ensure that there is an adult present to supervise children while they use the pool.
✓ Make sure any faulty spa or swimming pool components are fixed before allowing swimming. Drains in particular are dangerous as they cause circulation entrapment when not covered properly. Make sure pool lighting and other equipment that can cause electric shock are replaced when they become defective.
✓ Prevent slipping and falling. Do not allow horseplay around the pool area. Injury can also be caused by diving or jumping improperly into the pool.
Backyard Safety Tip #2: Grill and Grilling Safety
Barbeques are a fun way to enjoy your backyard. However, your grill and the high heat it emits can cause fires.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 8,800 home and outdoor fires annually are due to gas and charcoal grills. Between 2013 and 2017, there were 19,000 people that required medical attention due to grill related injuries.
Here are our backyard safety tips for grills:
✓ Be mindful of where you situate your grill. Keep it away from overhangs or sidings which can combust when exposed to extremely high heat of the grill.
✓ Keep your grill clean of fats or grease which can ignite and spread fire quickly.
✓ Check gas hoses for breaks or leaks.
✓ Use the proper materials for your grill, including starter fluids.
✓ Never leave a burning grill unattended.
Backyard Safety Tip #3: Fire Pits are Nice but Can Be Dangerous
Fire pits are fantastic, especially when nights turn chilly. But it’s important to practice caution when using your fire pits.
Here are our backyard safety tips for fire pits:
✓ Like your grill, make sure your fire pit is in a safe spot. It should be away from your home or deck or any low-hanging tree branches.
✓ Never allow children to be around fire pits on their own.
✓ Never leave the fire unattended.
✓ Extinguish the fire properly, using sand to fully put it out.
✓ Dispose of the completely cool coals properly in a metal container.
Backyard Safety Tip #4: Watch Out for Bugs and Ticks
When it comes to your backyard, flies may be the least of your concerns. To ensure that they don’t land on your food or drink, just make sure that these are properly covered.
Mosquitoes on the other hand can cause itchy, red welts. However, they can also carry disease (e.g. dengue fever). Keep your backyard safe from these pesky bugs by using natural bug repellents and citronella candles. Ensure that there is no stagnant water in pots or pails where mosquitoes can breed. Wear protective clothing, if possible.
Ticks may be small but can carry deadly diseases like Lyme disease, encephalitis, or Rocky Mountain Fever. Use bug repellents to keep them at bay.
Bee or wasp stings can be dangerous, especially for young children. Constantly check for nests around your backyard to keep it safe.
Read here for how to keep your patio bug free
Backyard Safety Tip #5: Properly Use and Store Your Power Tools and Gardening Gear
Of course, you’ll need all your tools and gear to keep your staycation spot well maintained and Instagram photo worthy! However, keeping tools and garden products lying around the yard can pose hazards to people and pets.
Follow these tips to prevent any mishaps that can mar your summer fun:
✓ Store fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals out of reach of children and pets.
✓ Make sure your lawnmowers, pruning shears and other power tools are stored away from the curious kids.
✓ Practice precautions when operating gardening equipment (especially lawn mowers). Wear protective gear when necessary.
✓ Never let young children push or ride any mowing equipment. These have many sharp moving parts that are dangerous even for adults. The gas you use to power poses a hazard when ingested.
Backyard Safety Tip #6: Nix the Trampoline
Trampolines may seem like a good idea - until someone gets hurt. The likelihood of this happening increases as more people get on the trampoline.
Statistics show that 75% of trampoline injuries happen when multiple kids are jumping at the same time. More facts to convince you? According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 100,000 injuries occur annually due to trampolines!
If you already have a trampoline in your home, here are our tips for safety:
✓ Don’t allow multiple kids on the trampoline.
✓ Make sure you are there to supervise when the kids are playing on the trampoline.
✓ If you have young children, prevent unsupervised access by removing trampoline ladders.
✓ Make sure that the trampoline is safely anchored to the ground to prevent it tipping over while in use.
Backyard Safety Tip #7: Keep Playsets Safe
Playsets can provide hours of summer fun to children of all ages. However, they can cause accidents when safety precautions are not followed. Here are our tips for safety:
✓ Find a level ground to place your playset on. If possible, have wood chips or soft materials around to cushion falls to prevent injuries.
✓ Regularly check the condition of the playset to ensure that no parts are worn. Make repairs when necessary.
✓Check the openings between pieces to ensure that there are none that can trap a child’s head or a neck. We all know how that can happen!
✓ Always make sure you are around to supervise play.
Backyard Safety Tip #8: Be Mindful of the Vegetation
Your backyard oasis will not be complete without beautiful plants and flowers. But be careful of what you choose for your garden, because as beautiful as plants are, some of them can pose serious danger to small children and pets. Some can cause rashes, vomiting and dizziness. Some can even be so poisonous that they are fatal.
Before planting your backyard, do your research. If possible, use shrubbery that is totally safe. If you do choose plants that pose danger, make sure that they are out of reach of children or pets.
If you have trees in your backyard, ensure that there are no branches that can fall on your home or the people who are in your backyard. Check the roots to ensure that they are securely planted on the ground. Call professionals if your trees need trimming.
This summer, make your backyard your perfect getaway place. What can be better? You get to SAFELY relax, unwind and gather with family (and a few friends) while enjoying the comforts of home. By taking some basic safety precautions, you can continue to keep your backyard your safe place.
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