How to Keep Your Kids and Toddlers Safe While Outdoors
It is a wonderful thing to have a garden at home, but it also comes with some hazards, especially for children. Each year a significant number of children get injured outdoors, and as a parent, you do not want anything to happen to yours. That is why it is essential that you are aware of the potential dangers in your garden and you can do something about them. Here are some crucial safety tips that you can keep in mind.
Make sure that your garden remains safe for small children
One of the first things that you should do is to make sure that you install garden railings so your child cannot play outdoors without your knowledge. No parent wants to hear their child crying because they accidentally stumbled, therefore, interrupting your household activities. Do not forget to check the fence and gates just to ensure they are secure at all times. Also, garden walls can pose a hazard because old walls can lose their structural integrity and crumble down in case of earthquakes or heavy rains.
Trim your plants regularly
If you love sending your kids into the garden to play, you need to keep your plants trimmed every week. You have to make sure that there are no sharp branches, dried leaves and painful thorns that can get stuck in your children’s clothes, face or other body parts that can cause them to have wounds and deep scratches. It is best not to plant shrubs because they can grow taller than small children. It is also an excellent idea to teach your kids about different types of plants that they should avoid.
Keep garden toys safe and steady
If you plan on putting up garden toys like a swing, slide or seesaw, it is crucial to make sure that these outdoor playground sets are safe and stable. Follow the instructions carefully found in the user manual, to ensure that your child will not suffer from a dangerous fall that can cause them to suffer from a painful sprain or, worse, a fractured bone.
Place the playground set right in the middle of the garden where you can see them play. You can also pour a slab of thin rubber on the play area to prevent them from slipping by getting in contact with a muddy surface.
Keep your gardening and power tools away from kids
If you love to do many gardening projects, you have to be more conscious about not leaving your equipment lying around the area. Children are inquisitive in general, and there is a possibility that they can play with your power tools. Do not leave any loose cables because they might accidentally trip over them, and keep all electrical tools like your lawn mower, drills and chainsaw locked away when not in use.
Lastly make sure that all chemicals like weed killers, fertilizers and cleaning agents are stored properly. Never leave them lying around in the garden or on your deck, to avoid poisoning.
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