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Avoid Making These Backyard Safety Mistakes

By Whirl Construction (496 words)
Posted in Safety Surfaces on October 9, 2013

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Backyard Safety TipsIf you have kids or a house in a neighborhood where young children are in your backyard, you need to make sure that it is safe enough for them to be there without getting hurt. The same is true if you have pets that like to run around in the yard as well. Be sure to avoid the following backyard safety mistakes.

Keep the Pool or Hot Tub Equipment Away from View

Those who have a pool should never leave the ladder to that pool where a child could see it. If your children know where the ladder is kept, make sure that it is locked in a shed or a shelf that is too high for a child to reach. Anyone with a hot tub should make sure that it is tied down when not in use. This will ensure that no one is able to get in without an adult around.

Always Lock Gates and Fences

Property owners who have a fence in their backyard should make sure that the fence is locked and secured at all times. Failure to lock a gate or fence could allow your child to walk right off of your property. A child predator or another stranger could walk right onto your property and nab your child in a second if your gate is not left unlocked. There is also a chance that dangerous animals such as a dog or coyote could get on your property without proper fencing.

Check for Bee or Insect Nests

You never know when a stinging insect could set up a nest in your backyard. Bees are attracted to bird feeders and flowers because of their nectar. This could create a situation where you, a family member or pet could be in danger of getting stung and possibly experience a medical emergency. Fire ants are also a popular backyard pest during the summer months. Termites can eat through the wood in a swing set or other child playset. A weakened structure could fall on your child or cause them to fall off the swings without warning. 

Make Sure Brick or Stone Pavement Is Smooth

Bricks that are used on backyard patios or other structures can become a safety hazard if they become loose or cracked. A child could trip on a cracked brick or get hit with a falling brick that becomes too loose to stay upright.

You never want to leave your family or anyone else in your backyard when it is not safe to do so. Therefore, it is important to take precautions before you buy your property or before you install anything that will be used by your family.

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