Summer Backyard Safety for Children
How to Child Proof Your Backyard for Summertime
By: Taylor_Blue on: Sun 01 of Jul, 2007 [16:12 UTC] (631 reads)
Summer is here and everyone seems to go out and play more. For your children there always seems to be places for them to get hurt. Here are some tips to keep them safe in the pool, sandbox, and more.
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The sand can harm children by all the germs it has. Toxoplasmosis and round worms (which cause parasitic infections) can get into the sandbox by way of animal feces and then to your child when he touches his mouth.
To be safe, cover the sandbox when you are not using it and replace the sand every two years. If it gets contaminated before then get rid of it right away, clean the sandbox and add new sand.
The ladder you have leaning up against the house and your tool boxes in the shed are irresistible to little kids.
To be safe, keep your tools locked up or hung up. Make sure you clean your work area after you are finished. While cleaning up make sure you check for dropped nails and sharp scraps.
Children are always falling. Even if its only from the teeter totter or slide ladder it can be a serious issue. You can help prevent these falls by watching your children why they are playing.
To be safe, keep your younger child from climbing up ladders by removing the bottom rung. And make sure you keep an extra good eye on them. Cover play areas with a soft material like sand to a depth of six to twelve inches. Do not put on loose-fitting clothes or anything that has a draw-string, they can catch and cause your child to get strangled.
Most poisonings involve children under six years old, but all children are at risk.
To be safe, keep all poisons locked up (make sure they stay in original containers). Garden naturally by not using pesticides. Get help weeding by paying your kids to do it.
Barbecues stay hot long after they are turned off which causes a burn hazard.
To be safe, use a chalk line to show your child where they can’t go.
Bug Bite Safety
Bug bites and bee stings are always going to be around. It always helps to know how to protect your self from them.
To be safe, bees like bright colors so dress your child in light colors with no fragrances. Use straws in all drinks so their mouth won’t get stung. (If your child does happen to get stung watch for serious reactions.)
Water and Pool Safety
Drowning can happen in a small or large pool. It can occur in a few seconds, so never leave your child unattended.
To be safe, put a high fence that meets the bylaws. Gates should be self closing and have childproof locks. Put in place strict rules about safety around the water, like no running or pushing, and no diving into shallow water. Standing water is not only a drowning hazard but a breeding ground for many bacteria. When you are done with the little pool for the day, drain it.