3 Garden Hazards to Protect Your Children From
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The garden is a popular area in the home during the summer, as people seek to escape the heat. However, children are prone to sustaining injuries in this area. According to Asgard UK, children account for over 100,000 cases of garden injuries. Therefore, please take note of these hazards before letting your kids or pets into the garden.
A garden pool
Although a pool is a must-have for the summer, it can jeopardise your children’s safety. According to the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), children under four years can drown in 5cm depth of water, which has become a prevalent issue in the UK. Research also indicates that fifty kids lose their lives through such accidents yearly.
Moreover, most children who survive endure life-altering injuries to their respiratory system. However, adult supervision alone is not enough deterrent to resolve this hazard in your home. Therefore, you must be proactive about nipping potential hazards in the bud. Therefore, ensure that you have a solid fence built around your garden pool. The goal here is to make these areas inaccessible to young children even without adult supervision.
Human beings aren’t the only ones who come out into the open during the hot summer weather. A wide variety of insects join the mix after spending the winter and spring in a resting phase. Additionally, most insects reach their winged maturity during the summer, which explains their infestation during the summer. Although some insects are not harmful, others could pose a danger if you let them.
For example, bees move in clusters when searching for water to carry back to their nest in the hot season. The purpose of their water collection is to regulate the rising temperature in their nest. So, if you have puddles of water around your home, especially in the garden area, these are likely to attract bees. Therefore, your first reaction would be to get your kids indoors and close your doors, windows, or any opening that bees can use. By all means, avoid any attempt to embark on a bee removal project by yourself. Allow the experts to do that safely for the best results.
Be mindful of compost and where you keep it
Dust and spores are two significant components of composting, which can be particularly harmful to children with still-developing respiratory systems. Moreover, kids with asthma should never be around composting or the bin that contains it. Furthermore, you must check to ensure that your compost is not dry, as it attracts mice, rats, etc. Therefore, if it looks dry, add some water to discourage pests from nesting in it.
You can never be too sure when an accident can happen in the garden, making it imperative to be proactive. Also, observe the type of plants you have in your garden, and avoid planting spiky and thorny hedges close to your garden fence, as they can cause injuries to kids.
You can protect your kids with the proper steps. Hopefully, you’ll examine these hazards to keep your garden hazard-free.