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4 Tips for Childproofing Your Backyard

4 Tips for Childproofing Your Backyard

If you’re a parent or grandparent, you know how special summer can be. School vacations let us spend more time with our beloved little ones, but also call for some childproofing. Some of the best memories are made in our own backyards, watching kids and grandkids run, laugh, and play. But if we haven’t taken the proper precautions to provide a safe space, those carefree afternoons can quickly turn into to something else. Instead of spending these last few weeks of summer in the ER or urgent care, try these tips to keep your family safe and sound in your backyard.

Protection from Plants & Flowers

One of the biggest dangers for children might be growing in your garden. Like adults, children are attracted to beautiful plants and flowers, but many species are toxic when ingested. Azalea, daffodil, foxglove, hydrangea, iris, and lily-of-the-valley are popular plants for adding color and charm to a garden, but each pose serious poisoning risks if eaten. Some, like holly and nightshade, entice children with edible-looking berries. Enclosing your garden with something like a white picket fence can keep kids safe while also protecting your plants. But it may not keep away poison ivy, oak, and sumac that grow throughout Maryland.  Be on the lookout for these invasive species, since even limited exposure can cause serious reactions. If you find these plants on your property, have them removed immediately.

Shut Away Sharp Objects

It’s not difficult to imagine the risks machinery can present.  But it’s not just larger equipment, like lawnmowers, tractors, weed whackers, and chainsaws that you have to worry about. Even small objects like trowels and shearers need childproofing. Shovels, rakes, and hoes also can be dangerous in the hands of children.  Not to mention, kids can easily trip over them when they’re left lying in the yard. Keep equipment locked in a garage or shed, even if you’re just taking a short break.

Be De-Fence-Ive

There’s no better way to keep your property safe and secure than by installing a fence. Children love to run and play, yet often don’t pay attention to what dangers may lie ahead. Fences are ideal for protecting children from running into the street or out of the yard. To maximize your security, fence gates should be kept closed and locked. Excel Fencing & Decking offers our Maryland customers a wide selection of fences to suit any property. We also provide comprehensive professional fence installation services, so give us a call today to protect your yard with an affordable, durable fence.

Eliminate Obstacles

Stumps, stones, holes, and exposed roots are common backyard burdens, and each poses a danger for children. Tripping over these obstacles can easily result in sprained ankles, skinned knees, and broken bones. While childproofing all of these outdoor elements can seem daunting, try to remove them from your yard as you find them.  Or at least keep kids away from problem areas. Garden hoses also pose a tripping hazard, so keep them coiled when not in use.

At Excel Fencing & Decking, we know the importance of family. We hope everyone is enjoying a safe summer with their loved ones. We’ve got plenty of ideas for making your property a safer space, so give us a call for a free estimate with no obligation!