Your own backyard can be a haven or a hazard for kids. Here are ways to make sure that your children are safe inside and outside of your home.
Keep Your Yard Clean
Regularly search for pieces of broken glass, metal, sharp sticks, nails, pails of water (a toddler can drown in just a few inches of standing water), dog and cat feces and garden tools.
Beware of Chemicals.
Pesticides, weed killers, lighter fluid, oil and other chemicals should be stored in marked containers up and out of the reach of children.
Identify Your Plants
Know what’s growing in your yard and remove wild mushrooms, poison ivy and non-edible berries. Educate your children on the dangers of eating plants (or anything!) that you have not deemed safe.
Fix It Up
Repair swing sets that are broken or rusted, examine tree houses for nails and splinters and cover the sandbox to keep neighborhood cats from using it as a litter box.