Outdoor safety for kids can start by analyzing the surroundings they will be playing in while outdoors. Take a walk around your property and look for things that could injure a child. Pick up any rocks, branches, broken glass or debris that might be lying around the yard. Place any waste in a heavy-duty trash bag. Keep an eye out for any insect infestations around the house and yard. Use a good insect spray to get rid of any wasp nests or beehives.
Don’t let children get bitten by insects. Employ a safe, high-quality insect repellent to protect your children from biting insects. See the project, Choose an Insect Repellent.
Make sure your yard is free of poisonous plants that small children may accidentally ingest or otherwise come in contact with. Keep your lawn and surrounding vegetation neatly trimmed using a lawnmower and string trimmer. Insects and potentially dangerous animals, such as snakes, like to hide in tall grass.
Any ditches in or around your yard should be filled up or covered and secured so children cannot accidentally fall in. Ask for a neighbor’s help if the ditch is not on your property but accessible to children. It’s in everyone’s best interest to make the neighborhood a safe place.
Put away lawn equipment, garden tools and other things you use around the yard that could cause an accident. In the garage, keep chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, automotive oils and fuel locked. Keep tools in a secure place and remember to keep all ladders out of children’s reach. These items don’t always seem dangerous, but they need to be kept where little hands can’t get them. Lock tools and chemicals in a shed or in a storage cabinet in the garage.
Be sure all buckets — and any other large containers that can collect water — are empty and put away. Even a five-gallon bucket can hold enough water to be a hazard to children. Stagnant water also attracts mosquitoes.
If your children are playing at a park or other type of public space, follow these same guidelines before letting them play. Check the area for any potential hazards.