The hot months of summer are best spent outside in the backyard. After the cold winters spent inside, you and your family may see your backyard as a paradise of fresh air and fun in the sun. While that is very true, since your yard hasn’t been used for several months, it could use some TLC and attention before firing up the barbecue and inviting the neighbors over for lawn games.
Tips to Eliminate Backyard Hazards
There are a few ways to keep your backyard safe during the summer months.
Let’s start with fire safety. Regardless if it’s a barbecue or a fire pit, fire safety must when getting the backyard ready for summer.
- All grills, barbecue chimneys, fire pits, and any other open flames are to be kept at least 10 feet away from your home, garage, and other structures.
- Any equipment holding an open flame must be on steady ground so it cannot easily be tipped over.
- Grills, both gas and charcoal, need to be cleaned before and after each use to avoid a grease fire.
- Never leave a fire unattended and never leave a fire for the night without ensuring it is completely extinguished.
- When near a fire watch your clothing. Any loose sleeves or other material has a danger of being caught in the flames.
- Have a plan in place in case the flames get out of control. A fire extinguisher, a bucket of sand, or other fire suppression equipment should be close at hand.
- Children and pets should be kept from open flames and NEVER left unattended around a fire.
Jumping in the pool or running through the sprinkler is a great way to stay cool when the summer heat hits. Your grass and flowers love the water as well, but water can lead to unwanted issues.
- If your pool is above ground, check for cracks and other structural damage to prevent any flooding.
- Sprinkler systems and hoses should be checked for cracks from the harsh winter weather before turning on the faucets.
- Make sure that landscaping is grated enough so water runs properly away from the home and doesn’t pool in one spot. This keeps away flooding, but also prevents mosquitoes from swarming your backyard!
Check Decks and Patios
Typically the gathering places for backyard parties, decks, and patios are the perfect place to kick back and relax. Take these few steps to ensure the space for safety.
- Check the wood for any rotted, warped, or cracked planks that may cause instability in the foundation.
- Sweep and hose off the decks to get rid of debris which can become a tripping hazard.
- Check for loose railings, steps, or nails and repair them before using the space.
- Childproof the deck by blocking off stairs with baby gates if necessary.
Other Backyard Safety Measures
Depending on your backyard, there are a few other areas to consider for safety sake.
- Check the ground and yard for any holes or loose concrete. Fill up these spots to prevent twisted ankles or to prevent difficulty with lawn maintenance.
- If you are planning an outdoor project like a new fence or pouring a patio, check with your local utility company to avoid hitting underground power and gas lines.
- Any garden or lawn tools should be locked in a shed where they are properly secured.
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- A detailed estimate approved by the homeowner and insurance carrier,
- Compliant coverage in Liability and Workers Compensation for the Homeowner and Insurance Carrier
- Excellent workmanship in all areas of mitigation & construction.
- Complete satisfaction from the homeowner and insurance carrier
- Warranties on workmanship and materials.