5 Steps for Backyard Safety (that won’t take the fun away!)

Even in the middle of the pandemic, children will want to enjoy the outdoors. What's more fun than setting up a backyard playground that your children can enjoy? As a bonus, you know they're safe in the spaces of your humble abode. Now is the time to care about your child's well-being and safety in your backyard.

Read on and learn about the five steps for 2021 backyard safety you should consider.

Protect your child skin

1. Protect Your Child’s Skin With Sunscreen

Many parents are unaware that prolonged exposure to the sun without protection can cause so much damage to their child's skin. 

Kids playing with outdoor toys like this children's swing set under the sun for hours without sunscreen can cause long-term damage to the skin. Here are the different types of sun damage:

  • Sunburns
  • Premature aging
  • High risk of developing skin cancer

Take note that there are sunscreens made just for kids that are suitable for their sensitive skin. These sunscreens will have the same effect as one does for adults. 

pesky insect in garden

2. Bug Spray for Pesky Insects

The outdoors are great for picnics with your family and your kids running around the grass. However, you can find insects outdoors that might bite your child and transmit diseases or parasites.

There are safe and effective repellents in the market that have long-lasting effects. Also, some repellents may be too strong or harsh to your child. That's why it's essential to do your research about repellents before buying.

Check the Weather

3. Check the Weather

When your child wants to play with their outdoor toys, check if the weather indicates if it's safe to play outdoors. Check your weather app or news for any rain and thunderstorms. If you know that a thunderstorm will arrive that day, it is best to persuade your child to stay indoors. Thunderstorms create lightning bolts and can be dangerous because you don't know where they will strike down.

4. Stroll Safety Through the Pandemic

Kids love playing outdoors. A fun backyard lets them stroll and play with less physical contact.

Add this traditional outdoor wooden playhouse or a trampoline for endless fun, no need to go walking around public parks for now. There will come a time that your child will want to invite over a playmate. It is essential to teach your child about wearing masks, sanitizing, and social distancing. 

children safety

5. Teach Your Child About Stranger Danger

When your backyard doesn't have a fence, strangers might enter your yard. As a parent, you should teach your child to stay alert when a stranger approaches them. They must know that there are people out there with bad intentions. Learn more about teaching your kid about stranger danger here. 

Safety First, Fun Later

Playtime needs to come as a natural activity for parents and children. If done correctly, having fun in your backyard can be one of the most memorable moments in your family life. Ensure safety and crank up the fun level for every bonding activity.

Also See: 5 Easy steps to care for your Outdoor Toys