The weather is warming up and most activities are moving from indoors to outdoors to make the most of the good weather. The garden space is a place for young children to thrive but can be quite stressful for parents when it comes to obstacles and dangers. Children are prone to accidents as they have a smaller sense of danger which is why it is important to childproof your garden so everyone can enjoy the outdoor space in peace. Here are some top tips from a builders merchant in Acton for childproofing your garden.
Create a space for your child to play in. Sometimes, children only require a designated area that is safe for them to happily play for hours on end. Parents can avoid dangers by just making a space away from sharp objects or steep steps so that their child can play risk-free. The size of the area depends on the size of your garden and the area you choose to place their play area. Sand and water pits are common garden toys and can be found in local stores.
If you have a fire pit in your garden and want to continue using it, take this time to teach your child about fire safety. Be sure to keep your child indoors whilst using it or far away from flying ashes and flames. Invest in a safer fire pit that is more efficient too.
Deter dangerous insects. It’s good for children to get used to insects and become brave around them. However, insects that are dangerous such as wasps and hornets should be deterred. Cleaning up food that falls as well as planting natural repellents are great ways to keep these pests away.
Keep an eye out for areas that have deep pools of water by creating barriers and fences to stop children from accidentally falling in. A better idea is to separate the water area from the garden entirely for maximum security.
Store any trailing wires and hoses away safely and out of reach. Toxic garden products and anything that could be swallowed should also be removed to childproof the garden as best as possible.
Child-proofing a garden doesn’t have to become an entire project. Small changes here and there will ensure your child can play outdoors safely whilst giving you peace of mind.