Backyard Child Safety
Many parents enjoy allowing their children to play in the backyard. It gives children some freedom, and the opportunity to be active in this age of technology. However, there are some precautions that should be taken to ensure that the backyard is safe. Here are some ways to make sure that your children are safe while they play in the backyard.
1. If your backyard is open, enclose it with a fence. It is easier for your children to go somewhere that they should not be if you have an open backyard. The fence should not have any openings where it is possible that the children may be able to escape.
2. The playground equipment that children play with should be checked regularly. Make sure that there are no sharp edges or hooks visible on the object that would injure a child. A thick padding material is recommended as a shock absorber beneath the playground objects. This material greatly reduces the chance of a serious injury.
3. Your children may enjoy playing outside in the backyard while you are barbecuing. While grilling is a pastime for many families, please do not leave the equipment lying around, especially when you are not using the grill. Take apart the grill and put it somewhere where the children cannot access it. This also goes for machines like lawnmowers. Lock these dangerous appliances in the garage or shed.
4. If you have a pool in your backyard, it is essential that the pool is fenced up. The pool fence should be more than four feet tall, and should be secure at all times. Also, consider installing an alarm that will go off if the children unlock the pool fence and enter the pool.
5. Generally, the easiest way to keep your children safe in the backyard is by watching them. An adult should always watch the children while they are playing. Also, talk to your children. Let them know what is prohibited, and explain to them what the potential consequences are for not following directions.