A large percentage of people have yards. Yards can be a safe space for children to play and explore, but the space should be assessed for potential hazards. Following these guidelines can help you maintain a safe yard at your home.

Yards Guidelines

  • 1 Supervision can prevent a lot of injuries and accidents. Never leave a child unattended near a busy street.
  • 2 If you do not have a fence, labeling yard boundaries can help a child see where they should stop.
  • 3 Herbicide and pesticide directions should be followed carefully. Don’t allow a child to play on a treated areas for at least 48 hours.
  • 4 Know your toxic plants — plants are a leading cause of poisoning in young children. Contact the Poison Control Help Line if you have any questions about different plants (1-800-222-1222) and request a list of poisonous plants. If you have poisonous plants, either remove them or create a barrier between the plant and the child. Teach children to never pick up and eat anything without consulting an adult first.
  • 5 Avoid mowing the lawn with children present. The lawn mower can throw stones and debris and cause serious injury.
  • 6 Never put children on an active riding lawn mower. The safest place for children is inside or in a different space than where the lawn mower is running.
  • 7 When cooking outdoors, always be aware of where children are in relation to the cooking equipment. Teach them that the cooking surfaces are hot just as the stove inside the house is hot.

Yards Checklist

  • Toxic plants are removed or out of reach.
  • Poison control phone number in an easy-to-find location.
  • Dangerous equipment/tools (lawn mowers, weed eaters, pesticides, cooking equipment, etc.) are locked away or out of reach.
  • A fence or visible yard boundary is installed.