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CREATING A SAFE AREA FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY

Children love to play outside. Even rain won't keep them away in many instances which is why it is up to you to design a safe area outside for your kids to play. There are some backyard and front yard renovations that you may need to ask permission for before going ahead, such as building a fence. Talk it over with your landlord when moving into a new rental property to ensure that both of you are on the same page and that your kids are protected from the many outside hazards that play areas can pose.

One of the things you want to be well aware of is thorns and weeds. Often times children will run around the yard without any shoes on so you need to be sure that the yard is kept clean and free of thorns and other weeds that can hurt their feet. While you are at it, make sure you also go around and check that there are no bees nests hanging out in your yard and that there is no animal poo on the grass. This can cause potentially disgusting problems as well as some health concerns if your little ones are too young to know the difference between poo and food.

Fencing and Chemical Clean Up

Another thing you need to do when it comes to creating a safe area for your children to play is have a barrier in place. The biggest thing is that they are away from traffic and cannot get onto the road. This means blocking off access to the road with a gate, a fence or any other structure. When you are living in an area that is not fenced then you will need to discuss the possibility of putting a fence into place with your landlord as it is his decision on what to do. He may offer to pay for the fencing as long as you do the dirty work such as install it or hire a contractor to do the job.

If you landlord is against putting in a fence, then there are other options. You can block off the side access to your house with larger structures or even baby security gates which can come with you when you leave. What this means, however, is that you need to be sure that all doors are properly locked and that your children understand the importance of staying in the house unless you are going outside with them. Sometimes playing on the street is just so tempting but pedestrian accidents is a leading cause of accidents in children.

You also need to make sure that any harmful outdoor chemicals are stored well away from children. If you have a shed, then you need to either lock it all the time or store the chemicals on a high enough shelf so that your children will not be able to get it. This includes things like pesticides, mould killer and fertilizer as well as several other outdoor chemicals and products.

Keeping your yard clean and fully fenced is extremely important when it comes to creating a safe area for children to play. While you may have a maintenance crew come in or you may be renting and thus be unable to build a new fence, it is still your responsibility to talk to your kids about the many hazards outside and how to stay safe. Keep all safety issues in perspective when looking into rental properties and don't sign a lease unless the house is child friendly and safe.

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