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Keeping Your Kids Safe: How to Let Them Play in the Yard without the Danger

When you send your children outside to play it can sometimes mean worrying until they come back in the house. There are hidden dangers in the yard, such as wasp nests or holes that children can trip over causing them to fall down or sprain an ankle. Before children begin enjoying time outside you need to secure the area so that they are as safe as possible.

Limbs and Leaves

One of the things that you want to do through the year is to get the leaves and any limbs picked up in the yard. This will prevent children from tripping over the limbs and snakes or other critters from hiding in the leaves. Clear away the debris from the sides of the house and in other areas where children often play. Darker areas that don’t see a lot of sun should be kept clean as well as snakes like to hide in these spots.


A fence is a good feature to have in the yard when it comes to safety. Luckily companies like Mills Fence can help you install the best possible fence for you and your family in either the front of the back yard. You usually don’t need fencing around the entire perimeter unless you just want added protection for the family and the house, but it can be a good idea. You may also want to make sure there is a lock on the gate so that children can’t open it and that slats are close together to prevent children from getting stuck.

Gardening Tools

When you’re working in the yard, you might leave out a shovel or a rake. These are items that children can get hurt on if they are running and not paying attention to where they are going. You can get a large box to keep small tools in or a shed for the larger items that tend to get tossed to the side of the yard.

Pool Safety

If you have a pool, this is an area where you want to watch over children extremely close. It’s easy for children to drown in a pool without you even knowing they are in the water. Place a fence around the pool with a locked gate or an alarm that will sound if someone opens the gate when you’re not there.

Keeping your children safe while they play in the yard can be a full-time job. It’s best if you can stay outside with them, but if you can’t you need to make the environment as safe as you can. While the fresh air and sunshine is beneficial, it does no good if your children get hurt.


Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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