The Parent’s Guide to Outdoor Safety

Spring is here !!! Here is a chance for us to share with you some outdoor safety tips!

For homeowners, this means that it’s finally time to pull out the gardening equipment and begin tending to the trees and flowerbeds. Those of us who are parents will also realize that our children will be tugging at our sleeves to go out and play once again. As much as we love for our children to put down their electronic devices and get outdoors, we also want them to be safe doing so. Before giving them free reign to play outside, there are a few steps you should take to ensure your yard is safe.

Here’s a quick and easy guide to get you started:

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1. Remove Any and All Hazards from Lawn

As you set about the business of tending to your lawn for the first time, you should also keep in mind to pick up any fallen twigs, unearthed rocks, or stubborn thistles from the lawn. Rocks and twigs make for easy tripping hazard, and the last thing you want your child to catch themselves on from falling is a thorny thistle weed. Additionally, holes in the ground can possibly lead to a twisted ankle and should be safely filled to provide a fairly even surface for your children to play.

2. Trim Bushes and Trees

Once spring kicks back in, all of your trees and bushes will begin to stretch out their limbs. You’ll be glad to see that your plants are growing just fine, but once a tree branch begins to dip a little too low, you could be steadily increasing your chances of an in-yard accident. That’s why you should also keep an eye out for any and all above-ground hazards and prune your trees and bushes.

3. Check Your Grass Height

Once your grass starts growing, it won’t stop growing, which is why you should regularly trim your lawn down. When grass gets too high it can become tangled, which can actually damage your lawn as well as pose a tripping hazard. On the other hand, you shouldn’t keep your grass cut too short. A lush lawn will better retain water and keep your yard cool, not to mention provide a soft cushy surface for your child to land if they end up falling on the ground.

4. Inspect Play Equipment

Whenever you first buy a slide, or a  swing set, you always check to make sure you’re buying the safest brand. When you go to install it in your lawn, you double check to make sure that it’s properly anchored in the ground, and sturdy enough to support your child. Even after taking all the right steps when installing play equipment in your yard, time and weathering can compromise the integrity of the equipment. Too much exposure to water can create rust, which weakens metal components such as screws and chains. Heavy winds and several years of play can also weaken the equipment’s anchorage and stability.

Before you let your children out to play, you should inspect every piece of play equipment and make sure that it’s still up to par to keep your kids safe.

5. Keep Your Tools Locked Away

To an adult, lawn care tools are simply a necessity to help keep your lawn healthy and looking good. To a child, these tools are shiny, powerful and awesome-looking toys. Your kids may be eager to help you keep the lawn shipshape, and it’s important to communicate that tools are not toys. Items such as clippers, drills, mowers, hoes and shovels should be locked away at all times to keep your children safe.

As a parent, there’s nothing like watching your children run around and enjoy the outdoors. Memories that last a lifetime are made outside under a blue sky and a safe yard. By following these easy steps, you can be sure that your child’s experiences outdoors will be a safe one.

What do you think? Do you have any other tips you can add? Feel free to leave a comment.

This is a guest post written by Natalie Jones.

Natalie Jones, together with her husband, created Homeowner Bliss. They try to help others learn from their experiences (applying for a mortgage, pulling together the funds for a down payment, and finding a home within their budget). She’s passionate about making the process of buying a home less scary for first-timers, as well as inspiring homeowners of all stages enjoy the perks of home ownership!