Ways to make backyard safe for kids, pets
Fencing the yard or even a portion of a yard is one way to keep children and pets safe.

The sun is shining, the air smells of freshly cut grass and the kids are out of school.

Long, lazy summers are a staple of any childhood, and getting outside for exercise and fresh air is healthy for both children and pets alike. By taking some simple safety measures in your backyard, you can also enjoy a relaxing, stress-free summer.

Fence your yard

A fence offers a sectioned-off area for your children and pets to play without you having to worry about them running into the street. A fence can also offer privacy, which adds a degree of safety. It’s important to get a quality fence that won’t easily rot or fall into a state of disrepair or it can become a liability instead of an asset.

If you’re worried about the cost of a professionally installed fence, there are other options. “We believe anyone with some patience and time can save money installing their own fence to keep kids safe this summer,” says Denise Esser of WamBam Fence, a company that manufactures do-it-yourself vinyl fencing. “Vinyl is a great material from a safety standpoint because it doesn’t cause splinters or deteriorate. A good quality vinyl fence is also strong enough to withstand children’s activities, such as balls bouncing off the panels.”

Check for ground holes, tree roots

Weather, bugs or rodents can cause divots or holes in your yard that are hard to detect when they’re hiding in lush grass. These are injuries waiting to happen, as a running child can break a bone or twist an ankle. Do a walk-around in your backyard to see if there are any holes that need filling, or if tree roots or other natural debris can cause a tripping hazard.

An easy way to determine this is to cut the lawn to a shorter level than you would otherwise, keeping a careful eye on the yard as you mow. This will enable you to see holes and other potential pitfalls more easily as they won’t be lurking under the grass.

Keep sensitive items out of reach

You may be in a rush when mow-

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