Quick Tip: Backyard Summer Safety Tips

It’s great to finally be able to spend your free time outside in the warm air and there’s no better place than your very own backyard. Liz shares some tips and precautions to make it your best summer yet!

After a long winter, it’s great to finally be able to spend your free time outside in the warm air and there’s no better place than your very own backyard. It’s the perfect spot for the kids to play, to host BBQ’s and to relax all summer long. Just remember to keep safety in mind when enjoying your outdoor time. Here are a few tips to help make sure you and your family and friends have a safe and fun summer in your 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.

Trampolines- There are few backyard activities that kids love more — but injuries on trampolines are quite common, resulting 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. Also, 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 away from the house, 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 inside.

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