The summer months are exciting for young children. With the weather at its best, they can spend hours playing outside and breathing fresh air. But there are dangers to being outdoors which could result in accidents. Steps can be taken to avoid these accidents.
Here are five ways to make keep your children safe outside.
Check Your Fence
If you live in a house, make sure the fence around your back yard is sturdy. Fences are necessary to keep out unwanted animals and strangers. Professionals, like those at Tarkowsky & Piper Co., L.P.A., know that a poorly built fence can fall on your children and cause more damage than good. Check that the wood is firm and there aren’t any holes.
Old trees become a hazard when their large branches become brittle. It makes them heavy and prone to falling. Make sure there are no branches over the space where your kids play. Routinely inspect your trees to keep your children safe and healthy.
In the summer, insects emerge with the good weather. Some of these are extremely dangerous. They’re hard to spot in the grass and bushes, but can strike at any time. Simple steps can be taken to carry out pest control before you let the kids out. If you don’t know how to deal with pests, be careful not to risk personal injury. If necessary, ask a friend or neighbor with experience in the matter.
Outdoor toys like swing sets can be damaged by weather or excessive use. It’s a good idea to check these toys before your kids use them. Make sure no pests have made homes in them, and that the frames are steady. Replace the ropes on your swing set with new ones that won’t break.
Supervision from an adult is important, even if you make these changes. Children can be difficult to control, and if left alone you never know what could happen. Keep an eye on them through the window to keep your children safe. If possible, go outside with them.
Summer tends to be over in a breeze. Don’t waste a chance for your kids to make new memories outdoors, but make sure they aren’t in harm’s way. Following these steps will let you send them out to safely make the most of the season.
This is a guest post: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitterand Facebook