Nowadays, children oftentimes stay in the house playing games on the computer, watching TV, and simply chatting on their cell phones. But even though these types of activities offer certain benefits, it is also important to encourage kids to play outdoors. They should go outside to enjoy the fresh air and to get more exercise as they run and play with other children and peers.
Outdoor Fun Begins With Safety and Security
It's also a good opportunity for the family to bond together and have some healthy outdoor fun. But first things first. Take the time to inspect your yard, because the typical backyard can include some dangers – especially for younger kids. Always keep the safety and security of your family as top priority. Here are a few pointers to ensure your garden is kid-proof.
- The garden should be fenced in to ensure the children do not wander out of your garden. Be sure the gates have secure locks.
- Remove prickly shrubs from the garden or have them enclosed so children do not get entangled in the thorns. Some plants have sharp stems that can cause nasty cuts. Kids might not notice these shrubs when playing around the garden.
- Keep all garden tools in an enclosed place, like a tool shed or inside the garage. And to be doubly-safe, be sure to lock the tool shed and garage.
- Fix damaged paved areas and walkways. Cracks can cause people to trip and get hurt.
- Check your lawn for stones and other sharp objects. Your grass should be mowed regularly so small items do not remain hidden in the grass. You should remove pet poo. Stepping on pet poo can be disgusting, not to mention the worms and insects that could go in your child's shoes.
- Keep barbeque tools safely out of reach.
- Make sure your swings, slides and other similar play equipment are located on soft grass. Otherwise, put rubber play mats around the area.
- Check your trees and branches. One thing a child finds exciting and very adventuresome is climbing trees. Although your goal is to prevent them from climbing trees, it seems that climbing comes naturally to kids. So, it’s important to make sure the trees are safe to climb.
- Make sure the branches are sturdy and do not break suddenly. You should cut off the weak branches. Make sure the area around the tree has rubber matting. It may help prevent serious injuries if they fall off the tree.
- Always keep a first aid kit in the house. Hopefully you will never have to use it. It could help treat minor injuries until you can get them to the hospital. Be sure everyone is familiar with the 911 emergency number.
You may have other danger areas in your garden. Take a walk around the yard and inspect it thoroughly. Picture youself as a child once again and imagine where you would go and what you would do in the garden. You might discover other aspects to kid-proof.
If you have additional backyard safety tips, please share them with us. The team at Package From Santa is dedicated to providing helpful information and we will be happy to share your tips with others.