Keeping Your Toddler/Preschooler Safe in Your Backyard

By in Health & Safety on 04 August 2010

Perhaps your home is like many in the country. You have a pool or outside play equipment in your yard. Maybe you have a garden or shed which houses the tools you need for gardening. Your children could be hurt on any of these things if they’re not careful. The following are some things you can do to ensure their safety.

The best way to keep your toddler or preschooler safe in your backyard is to have adult supervision. If your toddler or preschooler is outdoors, it’s important for you to be there. You may have other things to do inside the house, but being outdoors with your child will allow you to keep an eye on them and keep them from danger.

After supervising your children, your next best method of keeping your children protected is to ensure the backyard is safe. Safety comes from having a clean yard, safe play equipment, and fences with gates to keep children from certain areas. It is also advisable to have locks on buildings where chemicals and tools are stored.

Outdoor play equipment can be a lot of fun for your children. However, if it’s not put together properly, damaged or made with inferior grade materials, it can be dangerous. Choose outdoor play equipment which meets or exceeds government standards for safety. Then be sure to instruct your children on the proper use for the equipment.

Protect your children by providing fencing around your yard. This will keep them from wandering from your property without your knowledge, as well as keep others out. A privacy fence, one that’s tall and doesn’t allow people to see through, can also protect your children from potential predators.

Some children love to climb trees, but climbing trees isn’t necessarily something which should be encouraged, especially for very small children. Keep limbs picked up to avoid children tripping over them or picking them up and running with them. If there are stumps in the ground, remove them completely or plant flowers around it to make it more noticeable.

Gardens can be a great learning environment for toddlers and preschoolers, but you may want to keep it off limits to your children unless you’re with them. You’ll also want to be aware of the plants you have around your yard. Some plants can be poisonous if handled or eaten. For this reason, it is always a good idea to keep the telephone number for Poison Control available: 1-800-222-1222 is how to reach them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Put yard tools and equipment up when finished with them. Don’t leave an idling lawnmower unattended. It may even be best to keep children indoors when the lawn is being mowed. This will keep them from being hit with anything launched during the process.

If you have a pool, do everything you can to ensure children cannot get into it unless a parent or other adult is present. Place a fence with a locked gate around it. Then keep it locked unless adults are in the pool. Do not leave children around the pool even for a second; if you must leave the area, take the children with you.

You know how important it is to keep your toddler or preschooler safe, even in your own backyard. The above ideas are a start. Remember, however – nothing will keep your children safer than being with them while they are outdoors.

RELATED ARTICLES:


How To Keep Your Child Safe In Your Own Backyard

In keeping children safe, parents should examine other areas where children may be spending a considerable amount of time. Aside from playing indoors, the backyard is another place in your home where children love to play. Parents should never be too complacent, in allowing a child to play in the backyard without proper supervision. After […]


Keeping Kids Safe around a Swimming Pool

Swimming is a common activity for families during the summer months. Even though it can be a great activity for everyone, it can also be dangerous for young children. Therefore, keeping kids safe around a swimming pool is a top priority. An unfortunate statistic no parent wants to be associated with is that every year over […]


Pond Safety Tips

Ponds can be wonderful additions to your yard. They can provide a place to learn about nature and wildlife, as well as being a quiet spot in the midst of your garden or yard. Unfortunately, they can also be a hazard; it is for this reason it’s important to know these pond safety tips. Perhaps your […]


Spring Cleaning Your Backyard

If you’re like most people, you can’t wait for spring weather so you can get outdoors. You may be thinking about spring cleaning your backyard to get it ready for the sunshine and summer. Here are some ways you can do that and enjoy being outdoors at the same time. Gather the family together so everyone […]


How To Prevent Pool Accidents

Spending time in the pool can be fun, but parents need to be extra vigilant so that accidents can be prevented. Fatal drowning is considered as the second leading cause of accidental deaths in children from 1 to 14 years old. And most young kids who drowned were in the care of one or both […]


Advertise Here