Don’t Forget to Baby Proof Your Outdoors as Well with these Tips
Fortunately, most parents recognize the need to baby proof their home. This is why they spend a lot of time, effort and money to baby proof their living room, bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms and just about every inch of their home. However, a lot of them are forgetting one thing – they have to baby proof their outdoors as well.
Yes, you have to baby proof your front yard and backyard as well. Your child will be spending a lot of time outdoors so it just makes sense to baby proof it as well.
How to Baby Proof Your Outdoors
Here are some outdoor babyproofing tips you may want to use:
- Check for the presence of toxic plants.
You may not know it, but there could be toxic plants in your yard. Do some research so you’ll know how to spot them or better yet, call a professional to check. Obviously, remove the toxic plants. If you don’t want to remove them for whatever reason, place a fence around them.
- Install a fence around your property.
Having a fence can do wonders for your privacy and security. It’s also a must-have if you have kids. The fence can help keep them in so they won’t wander out onto the streets.
Of course, make sure that you watch over your kids when they’re playing, with or without a fence. Don’t let them play near the street.
- Cover your pool and other bodies of water.
Kids don’t have any idea about the dangers of going into the water. In most cases, you wouldn’t even know that they’ve fallen into the water until it’s too late. This is why you have to cover your pool and other bodies of water or secure them with a fence.
You should also install a splash alarm.
- Inspect the playground equipment.
Having playground equipment right in your yard can be beneficial for your kids. Just make sure that you inspect them regularly. Make sure that they’re always safe to use.
You should also ensure that your kids will be protected in case of falls. Playground mats can help.
- Watch your child when using the outdoor grill.
Sun’s out? Now’s a good time for a BBQ lunch. Just make sure that your child doesn’t go near the grill even after its use as it can burn your child, and familiarize yourself with other potential fire hazards.
- Make sure to clean up after your dogs.
Kids don’t know that they shouldn’t touch and play with dog feces. This is why you have to pick them up and dispose of them immediately.
- Be mindful when using chemicals on your plants.
Check the label for proper usage if you have kids. Normally, the label will tell you when it’s safe for kids to play in the yard after their application.
Teach Your Kids about Safety
It’s also a good idea to educate them. Tell them to be extra careful. Tell them not to play too close to the street. Educate them on the importance of safety when outdoors.
- Dan Canfield