Whether you’re a gardener or someone who enjoys using the grill, pool or patio in the summer, the backyard can be a place for fun and for danger. Travelers Insurance offers these tips for making your backyard safe this summer – here are some tips for homeowners with trampolines, lawn mowers and fire pits.
Trampolines – Trampolines are a lot of fun, but a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimate states that they were the cause of more than 94,900 injuries that resulted in emergency room visits in 2012 alone.
· Limit the number of jumpers to one at a time.
· Supervise children at all times.
· Establish and enforce rules before use.
· Install trampoline enclosure safety netting
· Remove trampoline ladders after use to prevent unsupervised access by young children.
· Anchor the trampoline and enclosure to the ground by using a trampoline anchor kit.
Lawn Mowers – Lawn mowing is a way of life during the active spring and summer months, but serious injury can occur if lawn mowers are used improperly.
· Read the mower’s manual, follow safety and operating instructions and learn the controls.
· Do not allow children to ride as passengers on a lawn mower, and be sure to keep children out of the yard while mowing.
· Clean up toys and other objects, such as rocks, from the yard to help prevent injuries from flying objects.
· Never leave a running mower unattended.
· Never operate the mower in an enclosed place where carbon monoxide can accumulate.
· Never unclog or work on a lawn mower while the engine is on or when the spark plug is connected; doing this puts the user at risk for being injured by the blade.
· Wear non-slip shoes (no open toes or heels), long pants and hearing protection.
Fire Pits – Who doesn’t love roasting marshmallows on a warm summer night? Unfortunately, out-of-control fires or sitting too close to flames can cause injury and major damage.
· Place the fire pit in a safe spot away from your home, backyard deck or low-hanging tree branches.
· Always require adult supervision around the fire pit while it is in use and until it has cooled off.
· Never leave the fire unattended.
· Use sand to fully extinguish the fire.
· Let the coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.
Information in this piece provided by Travelers.
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