How To Keep Your Children Away From Garden Hazards?

Gardens add beauty to homes and are a way of speaking with nature. With the onset of summer, it is time to step out of the house and spend more time outside. Gardening is a wonderful hobby to be taught to children, and getting them to learn about it would be fun. Children not only learn about the life cycle of plants but also learn about fruits, vegetables and build skills for a lifelong activity.

Hand over to your children, a seed packet of their favorite flower or tree and show them a spot to start working out the magic using their tender hands. Spending time in the garden with children can be relaxing; at the same time, adults have to pay constant attention to their activities.

Any accessory, tool or scenario in a garden can turn hazardous to children. As prevention is always better than cure, it is best to know the possible Garden hazards and stay alerted while allowing children to play in the garden.

1. Garden Fencing

Always ensure that your garden is safely fenced. For a toddler, a fence of 4 to 4.5 feet would be sufficient. Choose a fence that does not have a toehold on the post, mesh or rails for climbing apart. Also, ensure that garden furniture such as chair or ladder is nowhere closer to the fence as it can support climbing over the fence. Install a child safe gate as an entry to the garden.

2. Greenhouse Safety

Greenhouses are designed to be warmer than the outside temperature. On a hot day, greenhouses can have a temperature of 20-40 degrees warmer than the outside. Hence, it is better not to allow children inside a greenhouse on a hot sunny day.

Greenhouses are usually fitted with a horticulture glass which is very thin and has a high possibility of breaking. It is recommended to replace that with a thick safety glass especially when there are kids in the house. Do not allow children to play near the greenhouse area, like a ball or any flying object might hit the glass.

3. Garden Tools

garden tools against shed

garden tools against shed

Keep all the garden machinery and tools secured inside a garage or store room such that they can never be reached by children on their own. Also do not perform gardening activities such as grass trimming using garden scissors or electrical machinery. As children have a huge observing power and can exactly replicate what their parents do, it can give them a chance to use these tools or machines in your absence, out of curiosity.

Buy baby gardening kits which come with specially molded tools which are of appropriate size for kids, to perform gardening on their own, thus not stopping their interest to perform gardening.

4. Pesticides and Chemicals

Liquid in chemical ware on a background of green plants, fertilizers or pesticides in the garden.

Liquid in chemical ware on a background of green plants, fertilizers or pesticides in the garden.

Keep all the chemicals used in the garden such as pesticides, insecticides and weed killer locked inside the garage or on top of a shelf which is out of reach of your child. As these chemicals are very dangerous, never give a chance for your child to notice the bottle even.

Also do not pour these chemicals into attractive bottles or used coco cola or any other beverage bottles which might tempt children to open it.

5. Playing Equipment in Garden

Play equipment such as swings, slides and toy houses add a lively feeling to a garden. Children attain their peak of excitement seeing them in their home garden. It also ensures that children play daily and involve in physical activity rather than restricting themselves to their room.

It is necessary for these play equipment in your garden to meet the standards that are recommended by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

6. Safety during a Lawn Party

Lawn parties are common during a holiday, which mainly includes a barbecue. Ensure that child are never near a barbecue. Also, make sure that the barbecue is not placed near any inflammable items or any clothing or curtain of the house.

7. Garden Insects

Gardens are the birthplace for a variety of insects such as beetles, slugs, and gophers. As many of them are harmless, teach your children not to disturb them and to stay away from them. If your kids are subjected to bites or stings, take appropriate action as some children are allergic to bites.

8. Water Bodies in Garden

Be watchful of kids around ponds, pools, large puddles or bucket filled with water, as small children can easily drown even in a small amount of water. Fence your ponds or close them with a soil bed as they are always dangerous when there are kids in the family.

9. Poisonous Plants in Garden

Make sure that you have not planted any plant that produces poisonous flowers or berries. Some creepers can intrude in your garden on their own. Check for poisonous vine which has a three-part leaf and eliminates them. If needed, glyphosate and triclopyr can be grown, which are herbicides that do not allow any poisonous creeper or weed to intrude your home garden.

10. Safety from Pets

Most pets such as dogs or cats would be trained to poop in gardens. Make sure that you remove them, then and there by wearing gloves and discard them. Animal poop can contain parasites which cause serious illness in children when landed on them unintentionally while playing in the garden. Do not allow children to eat soil from the garden. Some soils may contain a relatively high amount of lead and other toxic substances or long accumulated animal fecal matter.

Conclusion

Safety in the garden is something which everyone cannot take seriously. Every year, thousands of children are admitted to hospitals with severe injuries at home garden. Children of the age group 2 to 5 are highly active and fearless with immense curiosity to operate and do hands on over everything without knowing the consequences. To provide an enjoyable and healthy experience in a home garden, following garden safety is of paramount importance.

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