|Posted on July 5, 2010 at 9:23 AM|
The lazy days of summer are here! Weekends include playing catch with the kids int he backyard, swimming in the pool and having family barbecues. It all sounds picturesque doesn't it? But just a few minor oversights can turn a leisurely afternoon into an evening spent in the emergency room.
Backyard safety: It doesn't matter if your kids are old or young there are a few things that should always be considered before letting them run unfettered and unmonitored through your backyard. Gardening tools should be stored in a tool shed or garage. Lawnmowers and gas powered tools should be locked up when not in use. Walkways should be cleared of objects, debris and overgrowth. Check fences and playground equipment for exposed nails and screws.
Pool safety: It takes as little as 2 inches of water and 2 seconds of time for a child to drown and brain damage is almost assured in 4 minutes. To prevent pool injuries here are some tips: Give your children full attention and keep background noise to a minimum. Always have your children wear personal floatation devices if they can not swim. Teach young children to play within arm's reach. Alarm your pool area.
Barbecue Safety: Some tips to make for safe barbecues: Use pylons or sawhorses to mark a caution zone of at least 3 feet around the barbecue. Never leave the bbq pit unattended and never allow a child to monitor the bbq. Once the fire has been started never add starter fluid . Always use long handled bbq utensitls. Most importantly always keep a fire extinguisher handy.
The Majority of childhood injuries occur between June and August so, take a moment today to ensure you child has the safest, funnest summer yet with these simple and easy safety tips.