Are Your Kids Safe in Your Backyard? Use These Tips


The weather is warm and school is out, so your kids are ready to play in your backyard this summer. But, have you taken all of the necessary safety precautions for them? Make sure you are ready for summer using these tips.
First, make sure your yard is safe to run around in. Animals and erosion can create small holes in the ground. These holes can cause your children to twist an ankle. Survey your yard and make sure you fill them.

It’s also easy to forget dangerous tools and lawn care equipment in the yard. Use a storage area or shed to store these tools and keep them out of your kids’ reach. If you are using electrical tools while children are around, make sure you do not leave them plugged in. Also, make sure they are turned off when you unplug them, so they do not automatically turn on when plugged back in. Most importantly, make sure you stow away pesticides and other weed killers. These can be deadly if consumed.

Once your yard is safe, you should look over any backyard play areas. Make sure swing sets are set on level ground. It is possible winter weather may have worn out the structure, so it is important to make sure everything is sturdy. Check around for loose screws or bolts and pick them up. Also, check for splinters or sharp edges. Make sure elevated areas are well enclosed to prevent falls, and that openings have plenty of room for entering and exiting. The swing set should be placed on material that could absorb the shock of a fall, like mulch or rubber. Finally, make sure it is not easy for children’s clothing to get caught on the play area.

Backyard pools are another area you need to keep safe. Your pool should be fenced in with a locked gate. The fence should not be easy to climb. An alarm should be placed on the gate so you know if it is being opened without your permission. Ensure areas around the pool are not slippery and that depth markings are clearly visible. Make sure the buoy lines and pool filters are attached securely. Ladders should be removed from an above ground pool when not in use.

You should keep a phone and first aid kit near the pool at all times. It is also helpful to keep a noise maker of some kind, like a whistle or loud speaker, near the pool. Finally, children should always be supervised near a pool. If small children are in the home, keep your back door locked. If a child is missing, have a house rule that you will look in the pool first. Every second matters when rescuing a child from a pool.

Spas and hot tubs, like pools, can be a danger to small children. Make sure your hot tub has a locked cover, so kids cannot easily get in. Ensure the area around the hot tub is free of obstacles to make entering and exiting safer.

Other ways you can make your backyard safer include ensuring there is adequate lighting for night-time use, and that trash can lids are secure so garbage does not blow everywhere.

By following these safety tips, you can ensure your family is safe while enjoying summer.

The Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

It’s good to have lighting that assures visitors and family are safe when walking outside after the sun has set. It’s even better if that added lighting is attractive. But the best of all illumination installations is one that includes safety when walking and atmosphere-improving factors, along with supplying the ambiance and necessities (ease of walking) for any homeowner needs and wants.

When that package is understood and executed in precisely the correct manner, that probably means the homeowner has hired a top-notch illumination team to do the job. Or completed a lot of research on the subject.

Although adding lighting to your yard can be completed by yourself, there are some benefits of having an expert team do the job. It means the crew can set the following specifications:

• selecting and installing illumination for pathways and “gathering places” on your property
• concentrating on methods to save you money on your electric bill
• making your landscape as beautiful as possible
• choosing the best bulbs regarding cost analysis, performance, and environmental issues
• ensuring that the outside lighting installation is accurate to code and current standards
• working with and listening to the owner of the property, in a way that guarantees he or she gets what they described

To make this happen, clients need to ask questions, research, and talk with others to establish which company they should use.

It is an excellent idea to have more than one installation service meet with the clients at their home, and then for the family to take time to make their decision based on comparing the companies:
• professionalism
• clarity of communication
• experience
• past customer satisfaction

Having a gorgeous landscape will increase your home’s beauty and value, but knowing that your family is safe from trips or falls and that you can see any comings or goings around your home at all times are the real rewards.

Top 10 Home, Lawn, and Outdoor Websites to Visit

If you’re looking for a home project to start, something to showcase, or just looking for great ideas, it’s always nice to look at other people’s work. It can create inspiration, visual feedback, or even just some way to spark your creativity.
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Here is a list of site I’ve gone through and compiled of 10 Home, Lawn, and Outdoor websites that contain some great information about the outside.

DIY Network

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The DIY Network Outdoors page is great for a variety of reasons. They offer shows, how-to articles, the blog cabin page (love that name!) and informative videos to watch if you’d like.

One of the coolest sections they have is the outdoor spaces area. They have pictures and videos that showcase some of the best outdoor spaces people have created.


IKEA

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Who doesn’t love IKEA?

IKEA Outdoor has some really great products. For a lot of the modern style furniture, organizing, and decorations, IKEA is definitely the place to go.

They have an outdoor section that covers lounging furniture, decorative lighting, and even outdoor flooring!


KGI.ORG

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For those of you out there that are more of the gardener type, KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.

On their front page, they even have a featured questions section that goes over common questions fellow gardeners have about things like food preservation and perennials.


Tiny Farm Blog

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The Tiny Farm Blog is a day-to-day photo journal of organic gardening. It’s made up of local food with two acres of nothing but farming! You can see how an organic farm is actually run by the images on the site.

One of the coolest posts is the farming year in pictures. It shows how the life of the tiny farm changes throughout the seasons.


Top Ten Reviews

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This isn’t exactly just home and garden, but Top Ten Reviews is one of my favorite review sites. Their team does a great job of providing thorough reviews and unbiased opinions.

Over the years, they’ve come up with excellent content and a great organization technique. Every review is easy to read, very thorough and graphical elements are shown to represent why you should prefer one brand over the other.


Do It Yourself Lawn Care

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Buried in the main do-it-yourself site, there’s a lawn care mini-site (for lack of a better term) that goes into more detail about the topic.

One of the cool “cheat sheet” articles they have covers The Ultimate Lawn Care guide to help get your yard back to tip-top condition.


The Family Handyman

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Here, you can expect outdoor tips from, you guessed it, The Family Handyman. You’ll find great advice on things like decks, your garden, landscaping and other typical outdoor items.

They’re great about showing how-to videos and really breaking down the fun tips and ideas about being outdoors.


Green Upgrader

So, I’m all about being green and if I decided to make a site out of it, Green Upgrader would be the sort of things I might talk about. Things like being environmentally friendly, not wasting stuff around your house, and how to become more knowledgeable about the Earth.

Check out this moss article about using it as a decoration! Some of them are actually kind of strange. I mean, c’mon – a bath mat?


Ehow

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I’m sure most of us are familiar with ehow.com and all of the lovely articles we come across when searching for “how to do….x, y, or z”.

This is a quick read that shows an easy way to clean your showerhead. It only takes a few kitchen items that are probably lying around your house anyway. Give it a try!


I hope this article was informative for you; there are so many blogs and other websites, it’s nice to see which ones can provide better-than-good information.

If you’ve made it this far and want some humor, have a look at this dog riding a mower!

Take care,

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–Nick