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Giving Back and Helping Others On March 29, 2007, I gave birth to my third child, Laurel. She is a wonderfully bright and active child who is about to turn two at the launch...
There are a multitude of factors to consider if you’re looking to revamp your backyard so that your children can enjoy it for years to come. Making sure the space is well-maintained and hazard free, choosing the correct materials, and incorporating a creative side are just a few of the factors to consider. If you are designing your backyard with children in mind, this article is for you. It will go over some important tips to keep in mind as you create a backyard that is safe, fun, and entertaining – for kids and adults alike!
Arguably the most important aspect of a backyard for children is the play area. The first step in ensuring durability and safety in a play area is choosing an area with soft ground underneath the equipment. This minimizes the risk of injuries from falls. If you do not have access to an area with soft ground, you can always purchase bags of rubber mulch or sand.
There are so many options when it comes to deciding what play area equipment to purchase, but it’s safe to say that keeping it simple is best when it comes to safety. When choosing play equipment, whether it is a swing set or a sandbox, always ensure that the product is up to playground safety standards. Avoid equipment with too many sharp edges, non-slip surfaces, spots where little fingers could get stuck, or areas that could pinch/restrict body parts.
For younger children, having colorful play equipment makes the act of playing enriching and fun! Try to incorporate some basic colors in the equipment for an added element of magic.
It is important to have a space in the backyard that is dedicated to nature (or even the whole yard). Kids can learn so much from simply being outside and interacting with their surrounding environment. Consider adding a garden where you can plant vegetables and plants with your children, or a flower bed to create a colorful and interactive backyard experience.
Animals also will naturally visit your yard if you create the proper environment for them. Some other fun natural elements to add to your backyard include a bird house/bird feeder, a butterfly garden, or a small pond/fountain. Adding a water feature can be very special, as numerous species of animals (birds, rabbits, deer, frogs/tadpoles, etc.) can use it as a place to bathe and drink from. There is no doubt there are some great memories to be made there for both children and adults!
If you do choose to add a water feature into your backyard, proper supervision is absolutely paramount. If young children are playing around water, with tools, or with any sort of equipment, there should always be a chaperone to oversee the activities in the event that something goes wrong or someone is injured.
Having a place to relax is not something to be brushed over when thinking about the design of a backyard. Not only does this give the kids somewhere to relax after hours of playing, but it allows for adults to be close by. Children, especially younger children, should not be left alone without any supervision while outside. Creating a lounge space with outdoor furniture will prove to be helpful for this reason. It can also double as a space for social gatherings you might host in your home during warmer months.
Maintaining your backyard so that it remains safe for your children and other visitors is extremely important. Some common hazards to look out for include, but are not limited to: overgrown plants, broken equipment, shards of glass, uneven walking surfaces, loose screws, and more. You want to ensure that the people who are in and out of your yard are safe at all times. Slip and fall accidents can happen on your property, and the personal injury lawyers at Haffner & Morgan LLP say that slip and fall accidents account for over 3 million emergency room visits per year.
In order to avoid any potential legal issues, take the necessary steps to ensure that your yard is free from hazards that may cause injury to children and adults. By choosing safe equipment, eliminating the possibilities of a hazardous environment, and always having some form of supervision in the yard, these issues should be easily avoidable.
In conclusion, although curating a backyard that is both enjoyable and safe can be daunting due to all your options and outlets for inspiration, you should always strive for safety first. By following simple tips and tricks, such as choosing safe equipment, ensuring proper supervision, and adding natural elements, you can create the perfect outdoor haven for your family!