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4 Steps to Keep Your Children Safe While They Play Outside

Playing in the backyard is a pastime for almost all children. While allowing kids to play in the backyard may seem safer to most parents, there are certain dangers it presents. The following four tips will make any backyard safer for playtime.

Use Organic Weed Killer

Homeowners often do all they can to keep their yards healthy and green. For many, this means getting rid of weeds with pesticides. However, as certain statistics indicate that 45% of all pesticide poisoning cases involve children, parents would do well to only spray organic or homemade weed killer around their yard. This way, children are able to explore and play without the risk presented by dangerous pesticides.

Install High Fencing

Children are incredibly curious, especially when they have free reign to play outside. To make a backyard as safe as possible, parents should install high fencing. This surrounding fencing should be high enough that children can’t climb up or crawl under. Experts recommend that homeowners consider installing an aluminum fence between six and eight feet to keep children safe.

Avoid Toxic Plants

While parents often take care to protect their children from the dangers of cars and strangers while they play outside, they tend to forget the dangers that lie in their own backyard. Toxic plants like pokeweed, poison ivy, jimson weed, hemlock, and more can cause everything from mild irritation to paralysis and death. Before giving children the go-ahead to play outside, parents should scour their backyards to make sure all dangerous plants are eradicated.

Cover Play Areas in Mulch or Grass

Children love to run and play, but a quick game of tag can easily turn into a bruised knee. Parents can avoid this type of situation by covering all play areas with grass or mulch. These softer surfaces are kinder to kids should they fall while having the time of their lives outside.

When putting out grass and mulch in the backyard, parents should take care to avoid using any chemicals or pesticides. These chemicals can be accidentally inhaled or ingested if children come into contact with them when playing on the mulch or grass.

Playing in the backyard shouldn’t pose a danger for children. By paying attention to what products you use on your grass, installing fencing, watching for harmful plants, and using grass to cover hard areas, you can transform your backyard into a safe space for your children.

Tim Esterdahl

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