The kids are back in school and the weather is cooling down, but you aren’t ready to hunker down just yet. It doesn’t make sense to take the little ones out of school, so you are planning a staycation. A few fun outings during the week, some major excitement during the weekend, and plenty of grilling in the backyard. But wait. Before you start the stay in your staycation, you need to make sure your yard is safe and prevent injuries to your family and friends.
Here are just a few safety considerations:
Swing Set: If your kids have their very own playground in the backyard, you need to make sure that it is safe. According to WebMD, more than 200,000 children end up in emergency rooms every year because of playground injuries. Worse, most of these injuries occur at home. The playground should sit atop a bed of mulch, rubber or sand that is at least a foot deep, cover any bolts that stick out, and limit the number of hanging equipment to two per section.
Wood: Wood presents not only a splintering problem, but an arsenic problem as well. Many people don’t realize that pressure-treated wood manufactured prior to 2003 contains arsenic. If you have any old tables, chairs or playsets, be sure to seal them every year. Look to see if any boards on your deck or railings has weakened or cracked. If you see any problems, replace those boards.
Grass and Plants: Remember that pesticides and herbicides can be toxic. Laying down these poisons the night or day before a planned get together is not safe. Most products need at least 48 hours to soak into the ground or dry. The longer the time between you laying down the poison and allowing people to use your yard, the better. Be sure to know whether or not you have any poisonous or toxic plants in the yard and keep children and pets away from them if you do.
Very few vacations are as relaxing as a staycation, but you need to do it right. Injuries can happen, even at home. When you take the time to make sure that your environment is safe for everyone, you reduce the risk of accident and injury dramatically.
If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact our offices as soon as you are able. Our compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys are here to assist you. Call us today for your free initial consultation.