There is perhaps nothing more rewarding for homeowners than watching their kids or grandkids in the back yard as they explore the world around them. And now that summer vacation is here, there should be plenty of opportunities to watch the youngsters at play. But even on the most beautiful of days, playtime can take a dark turn if steps haven’t been taken to childproof the yard. While you can never entirely eliminate the risk of accidents, following through on these guidelines will greatly help make your outdoor places a safe space for kids to play.
Remove Tripping Hazards
Children love to run, but they’re not always watching where they’re going while at top speed. When stones, stumps, holes, and roots are present, they can easily cause a child to trip and possibly sprain or even break a bone. These obstacles should be removed from a play area, or at least clearly marked so kids are aware of the danger. Garden hoses, shovels, rakes, and other tools also may trip children if left in the yard, so make sure they are put away when not in use.
Put Up a Fence
Sometimes a youngster is so intent on catching a fly ball or chasing butterflies that they run into the street. Installing a fence will keep them in the yard, but make sure the fence gate is kept latched and locked. It’s also recommended to protect water features with a fence. Ponds, pools, and even some fountains could pose a drowning risk should children fall into the water.
Clean Playground Equipment
Jungle gyms and swing sets are among a child’s favorite places to play, and regular cleaning and upkeep will ensure the equipment is operating effectively. Play structures are a great place for germs to spread, especially if it’s frequented by other kids in the neighborhood, but even if used only by your children, they can still get sick from exposure to bird droppings, mold, and mildew. Power washing playground equipment removes harmful debris, while also keeping the equipment looking like new. Using a power washing company like Peak Power Wash will also help eliminate the risk of rusting and rotting, which threatens the operational integrity of play structures. Additionally, homeowners should regularly inspect equipment for splinters, sharp objects, and loose bolts and screws. Finally, only set up equipment on level ground, as pitched surfaces can cause a structure to tip over.
Keep Sharp Objects Out of Reach
Children are inquisitive, and sometimes that curiosity leads them to pick up and play with potentially dangerous tools. Lawnmowers, chainsaws, weed wackers, and power tools should be locked away in a shed or garage, and even everyday tools like hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, and trowels should be kept well out of reach of young arms. Even deck corners can pose a problem, so add padding to any sharp spots.
A power washing from Peak Power Wash will have your home sparkling clean, but did you know we clean other exterior surfaces as well? Our cleaning treatments also cover decks, fences, patios, retaining walls, walkways, driveways, pool areas, and even playground equipment. So, whether your exteriors are suffering from set-in stains, or just everyday dirt and grime, we’ll have it cleaned and looking better than ever in just a few hours or less. And with our environmentally friendly detergents, there’s no worry about harmful chemicals making kids or pets sick. Call us today for your free estimate!