Your Yard Could be Dangerous: How to Child-Proof High-Risk Areas

Post On 05-29-2013

During the summertime, many of us enjoy the fair weather by going outside as often as possible.

It’s important for parents to remember that children could be exposed to certain dangers that may lurk around their yard.

By identifying the risks, parents can work to minimize the dangers. According to experts at the Consumer Reports, lawn mowers could be extremely dangerous especially when we look at official numbers. According to recent statistics, children in the United States are involved in at least 68,000 mower incidents every year.

The reports indicate that most of the injuries involved with lawn mowers and children include deep cuts, loss of fingers and toes, severed feet and hands, crushed bones, amputations.

Children are also exposed to injuries involved with thrown rocks or other objects that may be lying around while the lawn is being mowed. These devices can be thrown pieces of wood or metal at about 100 miles per hour, creating a serious risk to children who are nearby the device while it’s being used.

According to a recent research, children are often exposed to risks linked to the gasoline that powers most of the domestic lawn mowers. Between 2000 and 2009, about 40,158 emergency visits were linked to injuries related to gasoline poisoning. Most of the children involved in these incidents linked to gasoline or fuel poisoning were boys between 1 and 2 years old. Most incidents were reported during the summertime.

To prevent potential injuries caused by incidents involving lawn mowers, parents are urged to store all mowers or any other power equipment in a shed or garage that is kept locked at all times. Kids should always be indoors while parents or other members of the family are doing the lawn. Motor oil or fuels of any kind should be stores safely away from where children play. They should also be stored in locations that are out of the child’s reach. Parents are urged to remember that a child should be at least 14-years-old to operate a walk-behind mower. Having eye protectors and the supervision of an adult are imperative when a 14-year-old or older is operating a mower.

Parents should also keep in mind that pesticides are also dangerous to children.

At least half of all households in the country with children who are younger than five have at least one type of pesticide somewhere in their homes. You must store any pesticide or chemical products in locked cabinets in order to prevent your child from having any access to the products. Never apply pesticides to a particular location before you made sure that children or pets are away from the area. After you applied the product, ensure your children and pets stay away from the location for at least 48 hours to prevent poisoning.

By using non-chemical products to control weed and pest, you could avoid exposing your child to a potential poisoning risk.

Among children, plants are the leading cause of poisoning. According to safety advocates, parents should keep that in mind. Contact your local poison control center for a current listing of poisoning plants in your region. Fence them or remove them altogether in order to prevent a potential incident.

By following these tips and others, parents are able to child-proof their yard and ensure their children are safe from potential risks linked to dangers that could be present in your own household. Click here to read the full article published by the Consumer Reports.