Protecting Kids While They Play Outside

Silhouettes of children as they play against the setting sun.When we build a home we expect it to last a long time, provide shelter, and give our families a place to grow up safely. With the summer in full bloom, kids will play outside more and enjoy the sun and fresh air. Here are a few tips to keep your home as safe on the outside as it is on the inside.

Restrict Access to Driveway and Garage

Moving vehicles present one of greatest dangers to children, especially little ones, at home. While more modern vehicles usually include backup cameras as standard, there remain several blind spots for the driver. One way to gain peace of mind is to install a driveway gate to restrict access to the driveway and keep your kids on the lawn where there aren’t any cars.

Privacy Fencing

While a fenced yard can bring an additional measure of protection to your home by providing a secure space for your children to play, it can also improve the privacy of your home. At Fence Specialist we can help you choose the best styles of fencing to create a strong boundary, maintain your family’s privacy, and improve the appearance of your home.

Remove Poisonous Plants

Children are curious creatures. It is one of the things we love about them. They will touch, eat, and sniff pretty much anything. That includes harmless things like the occasional rock or blade of grass as well as some much more dangerous things. Some of the most beautiful plants are also the dangerous to children, including Oleander and Lilies. Here is a list of some of the more dangerous plants to keep out of reach of small children.

Decking and Play Equipment

Playsets can add a great deal of fun to a back yard. Swingsets and forts can be rustic wood or simple and effective metal, but both can succumb to the elements and it is best to investigate them thoroughly every summer. Are there any nails sticking out? Rough patches of wood that could cause splinters? Are the posts firmly rooted in the ground or is there room for movement? Fixing these kinds of issues early could help prevent injury.

Hydration and Shade

Finally, make sure children stay well hydrated and cool. In Utah, summer temperatures can easily soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. On days like that, it is important to make sure children are drinking plenty of water and have enough shade to play in. Trees, covered patios, or pergolas are a great way to maintain some shade while children play outside.