The only reason to have a backyard to have fun out there. This is especially true during the summer when the kids are out of school. It’s important to take the responsibility to keep your backyard safe not only for children but for their friends who will be visiting. Here are some terrific backyard safety tips to keep in mind:
Establish The House Rules
Although you might not be watching over your children at every minute while they are playing in the backyard they should know the rules. This means establishing what is exactly allowed and not allowed. That includes designating what areas are off-limits like the garage or a tool shed. If you have a swimming pool, then you definitely want to establish the safety rules for that area as well. That means no roughhousing and no stunts.
Check for Hazards
Each day before the kids head out to the backyard you will want to do a quick survey for any potential hazards. Start with the obvious things like garden tools, ladders and chemical pesticides. Those should all be locked up and out of reach. You also want to check for natural hazards such as fallen tree limbs, holes, rocks and anything else the kids might trip over. If there is a sandbox in the yard, then check to see if there are any bugs or animal droppings left from the night before.
Install a Fence
A sturdy fence works both ways: it keeps unwanted guests out and keeps your kids in. You’ll feel a lot safer knowing the kids are staying within the confines of your property. Once that fence is installed, you might want to add extra protection with alarms on the fence to indicate when someone is opening it.
Remove Toxic Plants
As you probably no doubt have discovered by now, your kids love to put things in the mouth. Out in the backyard that could be leaves, plants and berries. Make sure whatever’s growing out there is not toxic. If it is, then dig it up. No sense running the risk.
Lose the Trampoline
According to surveys, over 1 million people visited emergency rooms for trampoline related injuries in the last nine year. The majority those injuries involved broken bones for kids under the age of 16. Although you might hear a lot of protesting, it is still a smart idea to get rid of the trampoline altogether to avoid the risk. This is not a job you have to take on by yourself. Instead, hire Junk King Pittsburgh. These the junk removal pros who can break down a trampoline and loaded onto their truck for quick disposal. After they’ve loaded up the trampoline, the Junk King crew can also load up any other items you want to get rid of from your backyard like a broken lawnmower, old tire or construction waste. With the help from Junk King Pittsburgh, your backyard can be a safe and fun play area for the whole family.