Adventurous Kids? 4 Great Ways to Child-Proof Your Backyard

Adventurous Kids? 4 Great Ways to Child-Proof Your Backyard

If your little monkeys are constantly climbing trees and flinging their toys into the neighbor’s yard, it might be time to remodel your backyard. Here are just four ways to stop curious minds and even more curious fingers from hurting themselves during their adventures.

1. Erect a Fence

This is probably the easiest way to child-proof your backyard. However, don’t assume that it’s as simple as throwing up a few planks. You should seriously research your options and look into multiple fencing material types such as wood, vinyl, iron, aluminum and chain link, and you should also talk to experts about the right heights, widths and weights for your fence. You never know when you’ll need to bury your posts a certain number of inches into the ground as a flooding hazard.

2. Mind Your Elevated Areas

Your child might tip over their play structure if it’s on a bumpy hill. They might also find themselves knee-deep in mud if you have any soggy areas forming pits and puddles on your lawn. Even if you don’t have a perfectly flat, even yard, you can take preventative measures to ensure that none of its imperfections turn into danger zones. For example, if your backyard slopes downwards, put the slip-and-slide at a horizontal angle to it rather than a vertical one.

3. Clean Up After Yourself

Cover your swimming pool when not in use. Put away your barbecue tools so that your children won’t be tempted to play with them. Clean out the ashes from the fire pit as soon as you’re done with it. Not only will these little, consistent actions prevent your kids from getting into things that they shouldn’t, but they’ll also set a great example about neatness. Your children will see you cleaning up after yourself and not putting it off.

4. Maintain Your Yard

You’d be surprised by how many accidents that you can prevent with basic home maintenance. In the backyard, this might mean pulling out rusty nails when the shed starts to rust, or it might involve pruning your trees so that the branches don’t become hazards during a game of tag. Pay attention to where your dog does his business, too. Fecal matter can carry a lot of nasty bacteria and attract a host of unwanted insects.

As a parent, it’s your job to ensure the safety of your children. Don’t let your vigilance stop at cupboard locks and baby gates. Use these tips to secure your outdoor recreation areas just as much as your indoor medicine cabinets.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.