Childproofing Your Home: The Outdoors (Part 8 of 9)

By | 2017-10-04T07:40:27+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Categories: Childproofing|Tags: , |

Discovering the wonders of the great outdoors in the safety of one’s backyard is a rite of passage for most young children, but only if parents, grandparents, and caregivers take the appropriate precautions. If your home has a yard, here are a few pointers for getting it ready for your kids to safely explore.

  • Securely fence off any areas of the yard that might pose a danger, such as bodies of water, steep drop offs, cement areas, stairs, or thorny growths

  • Keep grass cut short to prevent fleas, ticks, and other pests

  • Never use a lawn mower when children are around, and never allow a child to play with or ride on a mower, even if you are with them

  • Check all outdoor plants to ensure that they are not poisonous if consumed by a curious child (if you are unsure, call the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222)

  • Inspect all play sets to ensure they’re securely anchored to the ground, have sure footing, feature smooth and un-splintered wood, and are free of any openings that could potentially trap a child’s head or body

  • If possible, install play sets over a soft, cushioned surface, such as grass, sand, or rubber

  • Keep sandboxes covered when not in use

  • Store all yard tools securely out of reach

  • Remove all standing pools of water, including from buckets and coolers, to prevent drowning

  • If you treat your lawn or garden using pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals, make sure they are safe, and do not allow children to play in treated areas for at least 48 hours

  • Make sure pools are inaccessible to young children, including kiddie and wading pools

  • Keep grills stored away from the reach of children, and carefully supervise while cooking to prevent potential burn injuries

  • Store propane tanks where children cannot reach the knobs

  • Store firewood piles away from play areas, and teach children never to climb on or play near them

  • Never leave a child unattended outdoors, even if your yard is fenced in

This blog post is part of a nine part series on Childproofing Your Home and has been adapted from the book The Ultimate Guide to Home Safety for Kids.

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