In general, yards, lawns, and landscaping provide both aesthetic value as well as areas where families can relax, play, and enjoy being together. Keeping this area free of potential dangers will help keep the outdoor areas of your home a happy and healthy place.
Follow the tips below to make sure those who use your lawn stay safe and protected:
- 1 Put cords, hoses, and other items away immediately after use to avoid mishaps.
- 2 Keep your property free of plants that are poisonous, have thorns, or otherwise dangerous using environmentally friendly herbicides (weedkillers).
- 3 Deter pests using environmentally friendly pesticides (insect killers).
- 4 Pick up pet waste immediately, as it may contain germs or parasites, and dispose of it according to local regulations.
- 5 When grooming your lawn and shrubs, use all equipment as intended according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- 6 Keep young children inside or far away when using lawnmowers, weed trimmers, or other power equipment.
- 7 Store tools, equipment, chemicals, and other dangerous items in a locked shed or garage, waterproof chest, or other out-of-the-way place when not in use.
- 8 Check the property regularly for large sticks, sharp rocks, debris, or other potentially dangerous items.
- 9 Test lawn furniture, play equipment, decorations, and fixtures regularly to ensure that it is in good repair and safe.
- 10 Do not decorate with items that can collect standing water.
- 11 Ensure areas that are used at night are lit sufficiently.
- Cords, hoses, equipment, chemicals, and other dangerous items are locked away.
- Lawn is treated to kill/deter dangerous plants and pests.
- Pet waste and dangerous items (sticks, sharp rocks, debris, etc.) have been disposed of appropriately.
- Lighting is sufficient for nighttime activities.