The official first day of summer is still a few weeks away but already backyards are filling up with kids and their friends. These are really the safest place for your kids to have fun during the summer but just because you have a fence around the yard doesn’t mean everything is 100% safe. Here are some terrific safety tips you can adapt to make sure your backyard is ready for “action”:
Around Your Grill
Most barbecue grills are mobile. That means it should be placed on a level surface away from your house, garage or low hanging trees. As soon as you turn that grill on, you shouldn’t leave it unattended especially if there are children playing outside. Even a quick run into the kitchen is all it would take for an accident to happen.
The reason barbecue grill utensils have long handles is to keep your hands and arms from getting too close to the flame. You shouldn’t use the same utensils that you use in your kitchen when cooking on the grill.
If you are using a charcoal grill, then be sure to break up the embers when you’re done cooking and cover the grill to cut off the oxygen. You can sprinkle those coals with water and then dispose of them but only in a metal container.
Around The Yard
Before you bust out the lawnmower, you want to make sure your grass is clear of any debris. There could be all kinds of twigs, rocks and stones that have showed up since the last time you cut the grass. You definitely don’t want those catching in your lawnmower. Just as with the grill, you should never leave your running lawnmower unattended.
If you are going to use pesticides in your garden, then be sure to wear protective clothing while spraying. Also, don’t spray when kids or pets are outside. Be careful to read all the manufacturer recommendations carefully before applying.
Around The Playground
You might have a designated area for a playground or swing set. Before the kids start playing on those things this summer be sure they are still in good shape. Check for any sharp bolts, screws, nails or wood rot. If that old swing set has seen better days, then you may want to contact a company like Junk King Albany to help remove it. They will send over a two-man crew that will be able to take down that old swing set and load it safely onto the back of their truck for fast disposal. They can also haul away any other yard waste in the same trip.
Getting your backyard ready for summer doesn’t take a lot of effort but it will certainly pay off in the long run.