Summer is almost here, and that means plenty of time spent in the yard enjoying barbecues, pools, and outdoor playtime. But injury statistics show that some of the most unsafe items you may have at home are in your backyard. Swimming pools, grills, and playground equipment account for lots of injuries every year, especially among children.
So when it comes to keeping yourself and your family happy and healthy, it’s important to know what you can do to eliminate some of the risks at home. That’s why today we’re bringing you three easy things you can do to make your backyard a safe haven.
Fill In The Holes
Whether they’re created by critters digging in the yard, protruding tree roots, or erosion over time, dips and divets in your backyard can be a hazard for kids (and pets) that run around outside. To avoid sprained ankles, do a thorough walkthrough of your front and back yard, and fill in any holes you find. Adding topsoil and grass seed will make short work of those problem spots – and if you have a recurring pest infestation that’s contributing to the problem, consider calling a pro to handle it.
Cooking out is a staple of the summer season, and it’s no surprise as to why. Friends and family gathered on the patio, a warm summer night, and the smell of some delicious barbecue? Sign us up! But make sure that if you’re going to be grilling outside that you do so safely. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are three big things you can do to grill safer:
- Regularly inspect your gas grill’s hoses and pipes for leaks, blockages, and holes.
- Never step away from a grill that’s on. It can be tempting to turn the grill on or light the charcoal and then head inside while it preheats – but it’s important for someone to supervise the grill whenever it’s lit.
- If you use a wood-burning or charcoal grill, make sure that you let the embers cool completely before disposing of them.
Take a Dip
Spending an afternoon lounging by the pool – whether it’s in your backyard or out in the community – is a relaxing way to keep cool on a hot summer day. But it’s important to keep these smart safety tips in mind when you’re out for a swim:
- Never allow children to swim unsupervised. There should always be an adult designated to watch the kids in the pool.
- Install a sturdy pool cover for when the pool isn’t in use, and consider putting a fence around the pool if there isn’t one already.
- Regularly check your pool’s drain and suction covers. Broken covers can catch on a bathing suit, restricting a child’s ability to swim and stay above water.