Posted by on May 2, 2019

As the days grow warmer and longer, you’re probably thinking of all the ways you can get outside and enjoy these lovely days with your family. Your kids may be anxious to get out and play, but you’ll want to take a few steps to ensure everyone stays safe before you start your backyard fun. Keep reading to learn how you can keep your family safe and happy during the warmer seasons.

Get Rid of Harmful Pests

During the cooler months, pests tend to take shelter in trees, wood piles, and other outdoor spaces. Toxic spiders, such as black widows and brown recluses, are notorious for hiding out under rocks and debris, where little hands could pick them up. To keep your kids from getting bitten, you’ll need to find a way to get rid of these pests. However, some pesticides can be even more dangerous than spider bites. Instead, try using natural pesticides made from products you probably already have in your pantry to keep insects at bay and your family healthy.

Pull Out Weeds and Harmful Plants

If you haven’t tended to your yard in a while, you’re probably going to have quite a collection of weeds. While many weeds are harmless, there are some that can leave painful stickers around to be picked up by little feet. Many also tend to worsen allergy symptoms, so it’s best for your yard and your young ones to pull them out or find another natural way to deal with them. Use gloves and tools to pop them out of the ground, and if possible, avoid spraying weed killer and other toxic chemicals.

Clean Trash from Your Yard

Winter months tend to bring strong winds that blow debris all over your yard. You’d be surprised how far broken glass and cigarette butts can travel, but you definitely don’t want them in the yard when your kids are playing. Use a weekend afternoon and pick through your front and back outdoors spaces to get rid of sharp or harmful objects.

Check for Dead Tree Branches

You may not think it’s a big deal to leave those dead branches on your tree once spring begins, but you could be setting yourself up for a costly mistake. Dead branches can break off suddenly and fall onto your family, so keep your loved ones free from injury by trimming your tree. If you’re not keen on climbing trees, consider hiring a professional tree trimmer to help you out.

Stock Up on Sunscreen

You can’t have spring and summer fun without the sun. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays can cause burns and even cancer. While a little sun (about 10 minutes) is good for the production of vitamin D, you’ll need to use protection for those long days of warm weather fun. Check out these non-toxic, natural sunscreens to keep skin from getting toasty. Don’t forget to get the tops of ears and any part of the scalp that may be exposed. You may even want to have your kids wear hats and sunglasses to keep them covered up as much as possible.

Find Yummy Ways to Stay Hydrated

When the weather gets warmer, your body starts sweating more. You need to make sure your family replenishes those precious fluids when they’re enjoying time outside. Use reusable water bottles, and keep them filled and handy at all times. Do your kids hate drinking plain H2O? There are so many ways you can spruce up water without adding a lot of sugar. Hydration is critical for health, so make sure your kids drink up.

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for family fun. Keep your kids safe and healthy with these helpful tips, and have fun making memories that will last a lifetime!

Amanda Henderson – amanda@safechildren.info

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