As warmer temperatures come around each year, you and your family members want to spend as much time as possible outside. Abundant sunshine and blue skies are hallmarks of summer fun, but it’s important to keep your family safe as you enjoy your time out of the house. Although you can’t eliminate every risk, you’ll enjoy your time outdoors even more when you implement some of these safety ideas.
Before you start a day outside, take a few minutes to walk around your yard and look for potential safety hazards. Maybe you left the clippers outside after trimming the hedges yesterday, or perhaps a ladder is still leaning against the side of your house from a recent gutter cleaning.
Other safety hazards to look out for include holes in the ground, buckets filled with water, or anything that could cause someone to trip. If your children are young, you’ll have to be especially vigilant about safety issues. When you take the time to notice safety hazards in your yard, you can remove them before a friend or family member suffers an injury.
Set Some Ground Rules
Rules don’t have to take away from summer fun. In fact, everyone will be able to enjoy their time outdoors even more when they know that reasonable boundaries are put in place. Whether you’re children are preschoolers or middle schoolers, it’s important to make sure that everyone understands the rules before the fun begins.
Make sure that younger children understand how far they are allowed to wander in the yard. If you don’t have a fence, consider setting a rope or other item on the ground to serve as a visual reminder. If your yard includes a pool, all child swimmers should be reminded never to go in the pool without an adult present.
Use Pest Control
Nothing puts a stop to summer fun more quickly than itchy bug bites or an invasion of other pets. Fortunately, you can take steps to greatly reduce the amount of pests in your yard so you don’t have to slather everyone with bug spray each time you step outdoors.
Having a tick treatment professionally applied to your yard provides safety all summer, so talk to a local pest control service to see which services will benefit you the most.
Once you ensure that your yard is free from pests and other safety hazards, you’ll be ready to enjoy a whole summer full of outdoor fun!