What are the Dangers Lurking in Your Garden? Tips To Discuss Backyard Safety With Children

To a child, backyards are lands of adventure filled with trees to climb, spider webs to poke, and gardens to trample.

While kids can’t wait to get out there and explore, as a parent or caregiver of young children, it’s a terrifying thought.

You want to protect your children, but you also want to let them find their own path as they make their way through the world.

So what’s the best way you can protect your child and not lose your mind?

Educate them.

What are the dangers lurking in YOUR garden? Tips to discuss backyard safety with children will empower them to make more informed decisions at playtime.

Rules That are NOT Meant to be Broken

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Forget sitting your child down and rattling off a list of ‘do’s and dont’s’. Think back – did that ever work for you? 

It’s best not to follow a “this is what will happen if you don’t listen to me” approach.

Instead, keep it positive and explain why something is dangerous or may cause injury.  This is much more effective than hollering “don’t touch that!” in a frenzied panic.

Point out off-limits areas, such as the garage or tool-shed.

What Can You Do To Practice Outdoor Safety?

Play Equipment

Explain there is to be no chasing, pushing or roughhousing.  The play equipment should only be used as it’s meant to be used (i.e no standing on the swing). 

Water Fun

Store water hoses out of reach. Educate your child to steer clear of any water sources outdoors; like buckets, troughs and pools.

If you have a swimming pool, check your enclosure regularly to ensure little ones can’t access it without your supervision.

Trampoline Safety

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Despite modern trampoline developments, injuries can still occur.  Make sure you purchase the safest trampoline possible. Check for a model with curved safety poles, with padding on any metal bars and secure, UV-resistant safety netting.

Enforce one child bouncing at a time. No jumping when the surface is wet.  No toys in the trampoline.

Most importantly…

Allow them to have fun!

As a parent or caregiver, you may want to wrap your kids up in cotton wool to keep them safe.  However, your little adventurers need the freedom to explore and learn for themselves.

What are the dangers lurking in YOUR garden? Tips to discuss backyard safety with children will help them become more aware of their surroundings and in time, to make better decisions.

Then both of you can enjoy your time together, in the backyard.

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