Keep Your Lawn Safe This Year!
We know how important it is to make sure our homes are safe – but do we stop to consider the potential hazards in our lawns? We’ve put together a list of ten ways you can make your lawn safer this year.
- Get rid of dead leaves and debris near the house! This can be a major fire hazard and can also create homes for numerous types of insects.
- Prevent drowning and other water accidents by fencing in pools or other bodies of water. Due to the threat of mosquito infestations, you should never allow water to remain stagnant.
- When you prepare to mow your lawn, inspect the yard for sticks, large stones, and any toys or other items that could be thrown by the lawnmower blades. Roll up water hoses and move electric wires out of the way.
- Always store tools (landscaping tools, car repair tools, etc.) in a place where they will be out of reach of children.
- Avoid using toxic chemicals on plants near the house. If you keep a vegetable garden, you should use only natural ingredients to keep the bugs away. If you have any toxic chemicals, be sure to keep them under lock and key.
- If your trees have large overhanging branches, you will need to keep them trimmed. Branches near the chimney can easily catch fire!
- Keep an eye out for insect nests under the eaves of any buildings or in the yard itself. Wasps, bees, and other stinging bugs can turn a cozy yard into a warzone!
- Check all railings and fence posts for stability. They are often overlooked, but they can lead to severe injuries if they give out under stress.
- Opt for plastic dishes when you dine al fresco – especially if you have children. Broken glasses are infamous for leaving sharp pieces everywhere, even after you think you’ve cleaned it all up.
- Be vigilant about turning off the gas when you are finished grilling. Check to be sure the gas supply hose is not cracked and keep the grill (whether it’s gas or charcoal) at a minimum of ten feet from your home.
If you take just a few minutes today, you can make your lawn the safe, relaxing place it is meant to be! If you found this post helpful, please share.
Do you have a safety tip? Comment and let us know!