Parents try to make the insides of their homes as safe as possible for children, but sometimes forget that yards can be dangerous.
Survey your landscape for potential safety hazards, keeping in mind that kids see things from a lower perspective than adults.
Provide anchors and supports to hang tools and other objects, keeping them from falling. Remove keys from motorized equipment and unplug power tools when you step away from them. Lock sheds and other outbuildings to keep kids from exploring on their own.
Keep pesticides in their original containers and store them and other chemicals on high shelves in a secure place.
Create designated play areas in your landscape to keep children away from plants and equipment that could harm them.
- "Childproofing" Your Yard or Farmstead
- Family Album Radio: Childproofing Outdoor Areas
- Landscape Safely
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Backyard Safety--HealthyChildren.org
- Child Safety in the Garden--Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
- Garden Safety for Kids--Safe Kids (UK)
- Parents Primer Chapter 9: Gardening Safely--KidsGardening.org
- A Safe Backyard for Kids--WebMD