You may have baby proofed the indoors of your house, but did you remember to safe guard the backyard that gets a lot of traffic in the summer.
A lot of people have gardens in their backyards. It is important to determine if you have any plants that are poisonous to children. Identify the plants that are accessible to your kids and cross check them against a poisonous plants list. Remove or barricade any poisonous ones.
Some people have raised decks or balconies overlooking the backyard. The hazards here are railings and stairways. Deck/Balcony railings can have wide openings or be used to climb, while stairways pose a fall hazard. There are safety products to address both hazards. You can attach plastic mesh or thin clear plastic to almost any railing configuration to prevent falls and climbing. For stairways at raised decks it is best to install a rustproof aluminum gate at the top to prevent falls.
Another hazard is the backyard swimming pool. Children are drawn to the water which is obviously dangerous.There are several approaches to keeping kids away from a pool.
- Child proof any doors or gates leading to the pool thereby restricting access. Products.
- Alarm any doors or gates leading to a pool which alert you. Products.
- Install Pool Safety fencing around the perimeter of the pool.
Also make sure access doors to garages and sheds are locked or baby proofed. Garages and sheds can hold a host of hazards to kids such as pesticides or sharp tools.