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Stay safe in your backyard with these tips from Travelers – Part two

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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.

Learn about other ways to stay safe in the backyard here, and find more information at www.travelers.com.

Information in this piece provided by Travelers.

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