Summer Backyard Safety
Updated: Sep 18, 2018
The glorious days of summer are finally upon us. That means more days outside and more backyard fun but believe it or not, your yard can be quite the danger-zone! Check out these tips so you can sit back and relax knowing your yard is ready for some summer fun.
Watch the Pesticides
Be wary when it comes to pesticides. These chemical-packed formulas are harmful to pets and children and are best to be avoided if possible. According to the EPA, the only way to eliminate the risk of pesticide poisoning is to use non-chemical pest control methods. Consider a DIY-pesticide or do a quick online search for non-chemical pesticides for purchase. If you absolutely must use pesticides be sure to keep kids and pets away from the area until it dries completely. In addition, pesticides have a tendency to get blown-around on drafty days so be sure to protect yourself with full-coverage clothing and wash your hands after application.
Beware the Grill
Grilled brats, burgers and hot dogs, it’s starting to smell like summer! While many of us enjoy downing a few brews while maintaining “grill master” status, it’s important to pay special attention to the grill at all times. Although it may seem like a no-brainer, make sure your grill is always on a level surface and far from your home, garage and anything flammable. Lastly, when using charcoal extinguish it properly by using a long stick to break-up the embers, then use the grill-cover to cut off any oxygen.
Examine Your Yard
With debris, uneven surfaces and animal burrows scattered around your yard, it can be a dangerous place. Regularly perform a quick walk-through of your backyard to check for potentially hazardous obstructions.
Prep the Playground
Your kids are out of school and the swing set is getting more love than ever. So, how can you ensure your kiddos and their friends are safe? When building a swing set, build it on level ground with a minimum of a 6 ft. clearance on all sides. After construction, double check the play-set for any sharp screws, nails or bolts. Lastly, keep a close-eye on children at all times to ensure their safety!
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