We can grow to really love our gardens, sometimes more than any other feature of our property. And they can make such great areas for children to play in. But how safe are our gardens, really? Here are some essential safety tips for parents with gardens.
Choose plants wisely
A lot of people love to cover their garden in beautiful plants. But you have to be incredibly careful if that’s what you want to do in your garden. There are loads of gorgeous flowers out there that are actually incredibly dangerous. Some of them don’t even require a child to put them in their mouth in order to be dangerous. A mere touch could cause problems. Be very careful about what you plant!
Consider physical barriers
If you want your children to play outside, you could consider fencing off a particular area as a play area. Of course, this isn’t the ideal solution for many parents. Still, you may want to consider putting barriers around particular features. You’ll also want to review the fences surrounding your garden. Are they tall enough? Is it possible there’s something nearby your child could climb onto to get over the fence?
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Keep it neat
Sometimes, you never really know precisely what’s going to be in your garden at any given time. Depending on the part of the world in which you live, this could be really dangerous! Sometimes, the best way to keep everyone protected is to make sure people have a clear view of what’s going on. And if your grass is too long, for example, then you’re going to have trouble seeing everything! Working with the right lawn service provider could also help with lawn safety in many other ways.
Remember those drains!
Many homes have open drains somewhere near the house end of the garden. Children may become very curious about this particular feature of the building. But it could be pretty dangerous for them to go poking around in it. After all, the water drain is hardly the most hygienic thing on your property! You’ve also go to consider the fact that scorching water could occasionally appear in it. So you should make sure those drains get covered up so curious hands can’t get inside.
Water features: a big no-no
As I mentioned earlier, physical barriers can help protect children from the danger of particular features. But a lot of people are still very nervous about the idea of having water features in the garden when they have young children playing there. And this is a pretty understandable worry. It doesn’t take a large body of water to pose a real threat to children’s safety. Even features that don’t feature a body of water may still present a slipping hazard.
At the end of the day, supervision can really help protect children against most of these dangers. Most parents, of course, know they should supervise their children. The problem is that many parents automatically assume their garden must be safe. You should take extra care to assess the safety of your garden before letting children play in it.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post, all opinions are my own
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