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Keep Your Backyard Safe This Summer

Posted on - Friday, June 3, 2016 under Child Accidents, Safety Tips Keep Your Backyard Safe This Summer

When the weather warms up, our backyards become the hub of our weekends and evenings. Kids playing, dogs running around, and burgers on the grill fill our sunshine-drenched oasis. But all that activity, equipment, and people can create unanticipated safety hazards.

Before you retreat to your backyard for the summer, keep these safety tips in mind to ensure that your summer at home is a great one:

One of the best parts of summer is firing up the grill. But fire is fire, and grills present some of the biggest safety issues for people and property in your backyard. Make sure that when you light it up all of the following are taken care of:
If you use propane or gas, check for hose leaks, blockages, and holes.
Never leave a hot grill unsupervised
Make sure your grill is sufficiently away from your home, patio furniture, deck or any flammable objects, especially if it’s windy day

Keep the grill out of any heavy traffic are in your backyard and keep children away

Play equipment and furniture. After a long winter, make sure your patio furniture, chairs in particular, are in good shape. Check any screws or hardware and make sure any wood furniture hasn’t rotted. Same goes with any swing sets, play houses, jungle gyms, or other equipment or structures where children will be playing. Make sure that they are all on level, solid ground and are properly secured or anchored.

Swimming pools. Sadly, backyard swimming pools continue to be source of heartbreak and tragedy every year. Unsupervised children, slips and falls, and other pool hazards require strict vigilance in order to avoid catastrophe.

Make sure an adult is watching any children in the area at all times. Never leave a child unsupervised near a pool.
Install a high-quality pool cover for when the pool is not in use.

Install a fence around the pool. The US Consumer Products Safety Commission recommends that swimming pool fences be at least 4-feet high

Be ready for an emergency. Have flotation devices and a pool hook handy to rescue anyone in trouble. If you can, learn CPR and have a phone nearby to call 911 in case of emergency.
Broken or missing pool drain and suction covers can and do entrap swimmers, leading to drowning. Check your pool’s equipment and repair any missing or broken covers before letting anyone swim in your pool.

Have a safe and wonderful summer everyone!

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