6 Smart Tips for Childproofing Your Backyard
Did you know the first Saturday of every month is National Play Outside Day? It’s true! And we want to encourage outdoor play for children and adults this weekend. So, let’s examine the space outside your back door. It’s the perfect place for kid-friendly activities—if you prioritize safety. Read through our tips for childproofing your backyard.
Be aware of the basics.
The first step in childproofing your backyard is to make it safe for the general public as well as little ones. Add a locked fence around your pool or hot tub, secure and maintain play equipment, and follow grill safety guidelines.
Secure your tools and chemicals.
Most people have a garage or shed full of gardening tools, lawn care equipment, and chemicals. Put these items away after every use and lock up your storage area.
Research all plants you cultivate in your garden and flowerbeds to ensure they aren’t hazardous. For example, varieties like foxglove, oleander, and azaleas are strong poisons and dangerous if ingested.
Stay aware of fire pit dangers.
Know the safety guidelines for fire pits when childproofing your backyard. Only burn dry hardwoods that are less likely to spark and smoke and shield the flames with a spark screen. When you’re done with the fire, douse the embers completely. Or you could forego the fire pit until your children are old enough to understand the dangers.
Trim tree branches.
Weak limbs can fall anytime and damage your house and outdoor buildings—or they could hurt your children. So, inspect your trees often, especially after storms, and remove branches that could detach from the trunk.
Think about your outdoor furniture.
Examine your patio furniture. Do the chairs and table have sharp edges that could hurt small children? If so, invest in padding that could protect your kids unless they’re old enough to avoid those hazards.
Accidents can still happen no matter how hard you work when childproofing your backyard. So, check your home insurance policy to ensure you have enough liability protection to cover any injuries a visitor could suffer on your property.