It is a great idea to let your children play outside whenever possible. However, in order to do this safely you will want to think first of all about how to keep your garden safe. There are lots of hazardous things lurking in your backyard like bugs and toxic plants, dirt, and even tools left lying around the garden.
There is no reason to have a garden that is filled with danger and risks, as there are some easy safety tips you can follow. Doing this will give your kids a great place to enjoy where they can play and bond together in the fresh air without you worrying that something bad might happen. This way you’ll also get to enjoy some quiet, adult time while the kids are playing outside.
Fence It In
Possibly the biggest potential danger for any kid is that of an open garden that doesn’t have any fencing or gates around it. In this case, there is always going to be the risk that they just wander off, or that a stranger or dangerous dog enters your garden. You never know what could be passing by your garden when children are outside, playing.
By simply fencing in your property you can then let the kids play outside without any worries. If you don’t like the idea of using fencing all around the garden then you could try using plants or trees in some parts of it, to form a more natural barrier. This way, you’re not only creating a beautiful green space, but you’re also filtering the dust and noise coming from the street.
The most important thing is that you don’t need to keep a close eye on the kids every single second while they are there. If it is a completely secure area then they will have a wonderful place in which to play safely whenever they want to.
Use a Shed
If you work with power tools or have lots of gardening tools around then these can be extremely dangerous for the younger members of the family to come across. Of course, you don’t want to give up working around the house if it is a hobby that you enjoy carrying out.
The simplest solution to this problem is to just start using a good garden shed to store anything in when you aren’t using it. This means that once you finish each job you just need to store everything away until the next time you need it.
This will also give you the added benefit of keeping all of your tools safe and free from damage when you aren’t using them. Just put a good padlock on the door and you will have the perfect place to store your stuff away from the elements as well as away from curious children.
Take Out Possible Hazards
Each garden is unique, so there is the chance that you have some hazards in there that need to be considered on an individual basis. The best way to do this is to try and look at your property from a child’s point of view, which could mean getting down on your hands and knees to assess the possible dangers there.
For example, is there a swimming pool, a toxic plant, or a giant cactus that could be dangerous for a toddler who is wandering about there blissfully unaware of the risks? Just a few minutes of looking around the garden should be enough for you to identify the main risks that need to be taken out as soon as possible.
Don’t forget that things that are completely innocuous for an adult can be potentially extremely very dangerous for a little kid. Just because you don’t immediately see the risk doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. Always think twice before placing that large flower pot on a higher place where it can be easily knocked down by children playing around it. Everything must be secured and all heavy objects must be placed on the ground.
Children are tempted to climb trees, fences, jump over holes and do all sorts of things that seem out of the ordinary. By adding toys specially created for the garden (a house for playing, a sand pit, trampolines, and so on) you remove the temptation of doing things that are not safe. Kids will still get to jump and run around, but in a safe environment where they are protected from falling too hard.
Also, if kids still want to climb the trees, you could always consider a tree house. You can add steps that lead to the house so kids won’t fall off the branches.
By making your garden a more child-friendly place you can relax while the little ones have a great time playing out there.