If you’re lucky enough to have a beautiful garden that you and your family can enjoy during the warmer months, you might be wondering how you can ensure it is safe and secure for your children, especially if they are little. Here are some tips to get you started with child proofing your garden so that you can prepare for summer, which is just around the corner.
Store Your Tools in a Safe Place
You might be tempted to drop your tools after a day of gardening and head indoors for the evening, but it’s important to store your tools away correctly, particularly if you have little ones. The same applies to your BBQ. Not only is this safer for your kids, it also prevents theft. Fortunately, there are plenty of garden storage options on the market if you don’t currently have anything in place.
Fence Off Your Pond
If you have a younger child who might be at risk of falling into your pond (or pool), you could consider fencing it off so that you don’t have to worry about it as much.
Consider Artificial Grass
While grass isn’t necessarily a safety hazard, artificial grass is often a better idea for families with children and/or pets. It will prevent mud and grass stains on their clothes, as well as muddy trails being trampled into the house. Plus, artificial grass is very low maintenance, which is important for busy lifestyles.
Fix Damaged Fence Panels
Wear and tear is inevitable over the winter months, so it’s important to check you fence for any damage. If there are some loose fence posts or panels, get them repaired or replaced as soon as possible. This will prevent your child from being able to make a run for it.
Check Your Decking
If you have decking, this is something else you should check for damage, as damaged decking could lead to an injury. Give it a once over every now and again to make sure everything is as it should be. If you wash your decking, make sure it is completely dry before you let your child run around on it, because wet decking is often quite slippery.
Remove Poisonous Plants
Most of your plants are probably fine, but it’s wise to have a look around and remove anything that might be poisonous to a curious child. Lilies are one example of a flower that looks beautiful but can be very dangerous if ingested.
Check for Sharp Edges
As a parent, you’re probably already on high alert for sharp edges or anything that could cause an eye injury or bump. The same caution should be applied to your garden.