The Ultimate Backyard Safety Checklist

Trampolines

Trampolines can make children and adults of all ages jump with joy. But backyard trampoline injuries result in more than 100,000 emergency room visits a year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission — making them the leading cause of back injuries.

Here are a few tips increase the safety of the trampoline. Start each year by regularly checking the condition of your trampoline fabric and springs. Make sure your trampoline has shock-absorbing sheets that cover the frame, hooks and springs, and avoid ladders that could give small children unsupervised access. Safety devices such as cage locks can prevent your tumblers from tipping over.

You don’t have to be the “fun police,” but some smart safety rules can go a long way in preventing injuries. Consider setting the basic rules as only one jump at a time, no shooting or even “double jumping.”

Pools

During the hot summer months, there’s nothing like cooling off with a refreshing dip in the pool. But remember that pool security is an important part of home security.

Install fences that are at least four feet tall and have self-closing, self-closing doors. Regularly inspect and maintain pool drains and suction covers to prevent accidental clogging. Always supervise children, and never let anyone swim alone. Have a pool hook, plenty of vests, a fishing line and a phone nearby. Don’t forget to use the pool cover when the fun is over. One final point to consider: Remember that it’s a good idea for owners to know the basics of CPR.

Tree houses

The a house of trees it is a picture of fun in the backyard, giving children hours of fun and adventure. But since tree houses are often DIY projects, it’s important to make sure they’re a safe place for kids to play.

Choose a strong, sturdy tree that is away from electrical wires. The house should be less than 10 feet from the ground with a solid retaining wall that is 38 inches high. Do not attach ropes or chains that could cause accidents, and spread a lot of mulch under the tree. Every spring, check that they are rotting or worn on the tree house and the branches that support it and make the necessary repairs. You should also watch out for poisonous plants like poison ivy, which can climb up trees like vines.

Fire pits

For many, having a bonfire means spending time with family, friends and (hopefully) making S’mores. But whether it is a fire pit or a gas grill, open flames are always a safety hazard. Place fire extinguishers on non-flammable surfaces (porches, blocks, concrete) and do not place fire extinguishers on grass. Keep the fire low and do not use gas or lighter fluid to light it. Make sure it is turned off before going in at night.

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During the long summer days, children can be busy for hours on your back. (Where does he get all that energy!?)

Whether you have a regular swing set in your yard or a new in-ground pool, it’s a parent’s job to make sure everything is running smoothly – and to enforce safety rules.

Unfortunately, it only takes a little to spoil the fun. Each year, more than 200,000 children are treated in the ER for sports-related injuries. Fortunately, you can prevent many of them if you know what to look for around your home. Don’t know where to start? Follow this list.

The Ultimate Backyard Safety Checklist

Swing sets

If you have small children, chances are shaking or an outdoor play in your backyard. But did you know that small changes can go a long way in protecting your children?

To begin, place your playground equipment on the ground and, if possible, set it in concrete for stability. Next, add a non-impact material such as sand, rubber mulch or wood under the set so that the cushion falls. Choose swivel chairs made of soft materials such as rubber or plastic instead of wood or metal. And check periodically to make sure there aren’t any screws or bolts that are loose, rusted or broken.

If your play is made of wood, check the picture for rotting wood and other signs of decay.

On hot, sunny days, sports equipment – both metal and plastic! – can heat up to high enough temperatures to cause second degree burns. Do your play in the shade if you can. Aim to schedule playtime so that it’s cooler during the day (eg morning or evening), and avoid burns by checking the temperature of the slide and changing it before the kids go out to play.