Our backyards have become more important than ever these days. The perfect spot for the kids to play, to host BBQ’s, and to relax all summer long. Following these few safety measures can help ensure you and your family have a safe and fun-filled summer even if your activities are limited to your own backyard.
Pools are a great addition to a backyard but also present some serious safety hazards. To keep your pool safe from uninvited guests and unsupervised children, enclose it with a fence that is a minimum of 5ft tall. The fence should have a latching feature on the gate that provides access to the pool. Also, when not in use, a pool cover can help to keep the pool clean and safe. Children (and anyone who is not a skilled swimmer) should be supervised at all times around the pool, and swimmer safety equipment should be used if necessary.
There are few backyard activities that kids love more than trampolines — but injuries are quite common. Backyard trampolines result in approximately 100,000 injuries per year. To keep your jumpers as safe as possible, make sure your trampoline is anchored to the ground and check it regularly for worn equipment. Trampoline enclosures and padded covers for all springs, edges, and hooks are also recommended to keep jumpers from injuring themselves on the equipment or falling off the trampoline. Check with your insurance company before considering purchasing a trampoline as many carriers do exclude liability coverage for trampoline-related injuries.
Fire pits should be placed in a spot at least 6 feet away from your home, on a non-flammable surface away from any flammable materials like grass or tree branches. When using the fire pit, don’t leave it unattended and ensure that the fire is completely extinguished (sand is great for this) before heading back inside. To ensure your fire is less smoky and more enjoyable-be sure to use fully dry logs or kindling before placing it into the fire.
Summer 2020 will certainly look a little different than years past. As we get used to socially distanced gatherings, you’ll want to make sure your guests are taking safety precautions. Here are a few tips you can keep in mind:
- Try and keep the get together small. As groups get larger, it’s easy to forget the distancing rule.
- If someone needs to go inside, try and limit this to one person at a time.
- Have disinfectant wipes available so your guests can wipe down any surfaces and knobs.
- If you plan to serve food, opt for disposable cutlery, utensils, plates, etc. where possible.
- Avoid finger foods and things like chips and dip where multiple hands are going in the same bowl.
- Make sure there are garbage bins outside and have everyone toss their own trash to avoid touching other people’s cups and plates.
Be sure to keep yourself informed and follow along with any updated local and state guidelines as they come. We can still have a summer packed with fun—while being safe at home!