Summer is almost here, and thank goodness. All winter long, your backyard has been waiting for you. With the warm arrival of Spring, it’s time to get those engines oiled up and start visiting the gardening center. But it’s also important to think about your family’s safety, and take precautions now to make sure everyone… Read More
Summer is almost here, and thank goodness. All winter long, your backyard has been waiting for you. With the warm arrival of Spring, it’s time to get those engines oiled up and start visiting the gardening center. But it’s also important to think about your family’s safety, and take precautions now to make sure everyone has a healthy, happy summer. Make your backyard a safe and enjoyable place for the whole family, with these safety tips for accident and injury-proofing your backyard, so you can think about other things. Like grilling the perfect steak.
- Childproof Your Pool
In-ground or above ground, a backyard pool is essential to surviving the summertime heat. Unfortunately, over 200 young children a year die in pool-related accidents. If you have young children in the house, protect them by installing a fence or barrier around the pool, with a self-closing gate. Make sure that whenever the pool is not in use, all ladders are pulled up, and the pool itself is covered. And always make sure your water is clean, with proper filtration and circulation. This will prevent ear aches, rashes, or more serious infections.
- Make Sure Your Backyard has Great Sun Cover
Sun protection is key for enjoying summer safely, for both family and pets. Proper cover will prevent burns, and reduce the risk of skin cancer. But many people are loathe to cover their patio or outdoor space with shade because they want to be able to enjoy the rays sometimes. Solve your problem by installing retractable awnings over patios and decks, or drop shades on sun porches. This will give you sun protection during the intense mid-day heat, but the flexibility to still look up at the stars on a beautiful summer night.
- Check Your Playground Equipment
It’s a good idea to inspect your child’s outdoor play equipment every year, especially if they are wooden. Just like all things, equipment gets old and falls apart. Before you let your kids loose on it, check any nuts, bolts, caps, swing seats, suspension ropes, chains, cables and replace as necessary. Be sure to waterproof any wood to prevent rot and fungus. And lay down a layer of loose fill material, like sand or wood chips, around swings and slides, to make the inevitable impacts a little softer.
- Prep Your Deck for Company
Waterproofing your deck is an important yearly step. You can check to see if your deck is due by spilling a few drops of water directly on the wood. If the water beads up, your sealant is still good. Otherwise, you’re overdue. Properly sealing your deck, and checking for wood rot (especially along railings and steps) will help keep your family and your guests safe. And protect them even further with a deck or patio retractable awning, to keep out the harsh sun and protect your deck from bleaching.
Just a few simple steps in the Spring means you can enjoy a worry-free Summer!
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