Backyard Safety

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Backyard Safety

The backyard really is an adventure playground for children. It’s just terrific for them to have somewhere to get outside in the fresh air, get a little exercise, play a little hide and seek and learn to ride their bicycles. The long summer evenings, the Sunday afternoon BBQ’s with the neighbors, wow, I can hardly wait. The only problem is that all of these things really are potential hazards for children. You’ve got to make sure that your backyard is safe, and even then you can’t take your eyes off the little darlings for a single minute. Get a grip, nobody said parenting was gonna’ be easy . . .

  • If you have a pool it needs to be securely fenced with not only self-closing but self-latching gates.
  • Make sure that there’s nothing close to the fence that your child can climb on to reach the latch – chairs, tables, grandparents . . .
  • All pools and hot tubs need to have safety covers for when they are not in use.
  • Do a little deck maintenance are the beginning of the summer so that you can spot any wobbly or loose railings and supports, loose screws or missing or corroded decking.
  • Don’t use your barbecue grill close to anything which might catch fire.
  • Have a bucket of water or fire extinguisher handy whilst grilling on the barbecue.
  • Teach children to keep away from the barbecue grill.
  • Never grill close to where children are playing or close to the swimming pool, and never leave the grill unattended.
  • Keep all garden tools safely locked away when they are not in use, especially the sharp ones.
  • Check any garden toys regularly for signs of damage, especially rusty nails or dangerous sharp bits.
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