Summer is on its way, and with it you can expect the occasional bicycle accident, skinned knee, or sunburn. We’re usually so focused on the dangers in the “outside world,” it’s easy to forget that injuries can occur in our own back yards. Read on to learn how to recognize and remove these common backyard safety hazards.
Careless contractors, dying tree roots, or perhaps critters making themselves at home can all be culprits in making your yard a minefield for potential injuries. So explore your yard, conduct a thorough walk-around and carefully examine the ground and grass for loose soil and holes that could cause a twisted ankle or broken bone. If you see loose soil piled around the hole, chances are it’s due to some kind of animal or insect. To keep those holes from coming back, you may want to call an exterminator.
You’ve probably been dreaming of throwing that backyard barbecue bash since winter. But careless grilling can cause injuries, house fires, and even explosions. Remember these safety tips before firing up for that first steak of the summer:
Improperly constructed or neglected play structures can cause serious injuries to children.
For more information on tree house safety, check out our article on How to Build a Safe Tree House.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), thousands of swimming pool injuries and drowning incidents occur every year, and a great many of these involve young children. Avoid this by following these pool safety tips:
The bacteria on dirty yard work tools can cause tetanus, so when you’re finished with your tools, store them in a safe place so no one accidentally steps on them. Make sure sharp implements are safely locked away or out of reach where curious children can’t play with them.
The only way to completely eliminate the risk of pesticide poisoning is using non-chemical methods to control your pest problems. That means making sure you don’t have any standing water or leaky pipes in your yard and getting rid of pest habitats, like leaf debris or neglected woodpiles. If you must use pesticides, keep these safety tips in mind: