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Is Your Yard Safe for Your Kids?

Kids Playing in WaterOur children’s safety always comes first; we do our best to make sure our kids are safe all of the time. However, danger lurks in some of the most obvious places and sometimes we just don’t see it. Here are a few of the overlooked places of your yard that need your attention.

Sharp Objects

It takes a lot of work to make your yard look nice. And it also takes a lot of tools. But those backyard tools, like shovels, rakes and pruners, can be tempting to touch and dangerous for young ones. Take the time to organize all of your tools. All you need is an afternoon, a few tools and supplies, and a little creativity. Peg rail organizers are an easy project to start with. You can build your own organizer in your garage or in an existing garden shed. Storing your tools inside will also expand the life of your tools, as they won’t be exposed to the elements and prone to rust.

Unwanted Guests

The entire family should feel safe when at home, however, statistics show that we might not be as safe as we believe. According to SafeWise, 60 percent of burglars use forced entry to gain access to a home and 33 percent just come through the front door. However, statistics also show that criminals often look for homes without security camera systems before choosing a target. An HD security camera system might just be the difference between a break in or a regular night at home.

Hazardous Chemicals

As a parent, you know that kids are curious, whether it’s chasing bugs outside or asking why the sky is blue. Young kids are also notorious for putting almost anything into their mouths. The backyard can be a dangerous place for children, especially if you have a green thumb. The garden chemicals and pesticides that you use in your flower beds and on your lawn can be potentially hazardous. The simple solution to keeping kids safe is proper storage. Experts from the Lawn Guide recommend storing all of your pesticides and chemicals inside a locked cabinet in your garden shed. However, that’s not always an option for everyone. The experts also suggest storing the chemicals on a high shelf, out of the reach of curious children. They also note to make sure that there are no climbing apparatuses, like a ladder or stool, nearby that can be used to gain access to a higher shelf.

Open Pools

According to data reported by The Centers for Disease Control, from 2005 to 2014 there were a total of 3,536 unintentional drownings in the United States. Additionally, non-fatal drownings can cause brain damage that can potentially result in other long-term disabilities like learning disabilities, memory loss and permanent loss of basic functioning. Because young children are most at risk, it makes it even more important to take action to keep your kids safe when they are playing in the yard by covering or fencing your pool.

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