A backyard can be an excellent place to let your kids and pets play and to entertain guests, but it could also be filled with hazards. One trip or a curious child or pet could lead to an accident and serious injuries, as well.
Pools and hot tubs may look appealing to kids, but they can be deadly. Ponds, lakes and streams can also pose a threat to your family. Even if kids only sneak outside unsupervised for a minute, they can drown, even in shallow water. If you have a pool or hot tub in your yard and you have young children who live with you or visit, install a fence with a locking gate around it or cover the water when not in use. If there is any natural body of water in your yard, put up a fence to keep your kids away. Never leave a child unattended in or around a body of water, even for a few seconds.
Gardens can be beautiful to look at, but they can be hazardous to children and pets. Young kids like to put things in their mouths, and they could ingest dirt, fertilizer or mulch if no one is watching. Some common garden plants and types of mulch and fertilizer can be poisonous to pets. Thorny bushes can cause cuts that can become infected.
A grill can be extremely dangerous to both kids and pets. If you are having a backyard barbecue or picnic, keep your pets indoors. Your kids will obviously want to be included in the party, but make sure that someone (not the person using the grill) keeps a close eye on them at all times. Find a fun activity to keep the kids occupied while an adult is cooking. Keep the grill covered when not in use.
Window wells can create a tripping hazard that can lead to twisted ankles, broken bones, cuts and head injuries. These accidents could be fatal to children or pets. If there are any window wells in your yard, have them covered to prevent accidents.
Many kids love to jump on trampolines, and they may even learn to perform flips and other acrobatic moves; however, landing the wrong way can cause a sprained ankle or broken bone. A child can fall to the ground, sustain serious injuries and possibly hurt others. Two or more people using a trampoline at the same time can increase the chance of an accident. If you have a trampoline, ask a qualified person to teach your kids how to use it safely and install netting around the trampoline to prevent falls. Make sure kids are supervised when using the trampoline so they don’t attempt any unsafe stunts.
Make Your Yard Safer
Your backyard should be a haven for rest and relaxation, but it can also be a dangerous place. If you have children or pets, look around your yard for hazards and make any necessary changes to protect your family.