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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Garden Safety This Bank Holiday Weekend

Now we have a garden for Maxwell, I have turned my thoughts in to garden safety. Gardens are areas for adventure and exploration; they fascinate toddlers however sometimes accidents can happen and I have to say they are the main worry for me as a parent. Here are a few of my top tips to keep your little one safe this bank holiday weekend.

Remember children are naturally inquisitive so never leave your toddler unattended in the garden.

Ensure all fencing is secure, any gates are locked and your toddler cannot reach the lock or open it. Our fencing and gate is 6 feet high so Maxwell is not able to climb over it. Toddlers do like to climb so ensure any objects which they could climb on are away from a low fence or gate.

Toddlers love water and sadly every year you read that a toddler has drowned in ponds. Always ensure ponds and any water feature is fenced off or covered. Do not leave your toddler unattended with a bucket of water as this is also very hazardous.

Toddlers love playing with sand. Always ensure your garden sand pit is covered as dogs and cats love using them as a toilet.

Some plants are poisonous so if you are uncertain teach your child not to pick flowers or plant parts. Plants with thorns are spikes can cause pain and injury.

Ensure all dangerous garden chemicals, tools and equipment are locked away. Also keep toddlers away from washing lines as they have the potential of strangulation.

Never leave your hot barbecue unattended as children are fascinated with them. Remember coals can stay hot for several hours.

All garden play equipment should conform to safety standards. Check all play equipment is secure and there are no loose screws etc.

The sun can harm your toddler's skin so always protect it with adequate clothing, a hat and sun cream. Remember when it is slightly cloudy long periods can also be harmful.

Be sure to wash your toddler's hands after playing in the garden or before they eat or drink.


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24 comments

  1. Great tips!!! I am so excited about garden weather :) x

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  2. so much of this is common sense, but sadly some people just forget or don't know do they :( i think keeping the little ones (and the adults!) well hydrated and sun blocked is something people tend to forget easily though, but so important.

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  3. I've always wanted a pond in our garden but would worry too much about the possibility of drowning

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  4. Great tips. I just wish it wasn't foggy and freezing here

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  5. Great post...bring on the sun now so we can get out and put them into practice! :)

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  6. We have a pond but its round the back ,would like to fill it in .x

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  7. great tips - lets hope for a good summer to put them to use!

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  8. Great post hun, cant wait for the summer to get out in mine. xx

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  9. Really handy and helpful tips - hoping that the weather clears up for the bank holiday weekend - it's pouring down at the moment! x

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  10. We the same we lucjy to have a huge space and three seperate gardens so kids have one, dogs have another and hubby and his cars has the other , theres a nother small one but its to the side and the rass is always overgrown , i should really hide muyself there as its right next to my childrens patch where they have there toys, swing sand so on, dont think al get another garden like it wen i move tho will be missed x

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  11. Great tips that are always good to remember at this time of year x

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  12. Great tips. We sectioned our garden off so the dogs have there bit and the decking area has a fence around it with a gate into the main garden. When my son was a toddler it was so handy to keep him a bit more contained and easier to keep a smaller area safer.

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  13. Great tips, I can't wait to get out in the garden with Baby x

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  14. Some really good tips and reminders. Water is a particular fear of mine and even the adults need watching when a BBQ comes out. My uncle once spent a Bank Holiday in A&E so stay safe!

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  15. Some great tips there. I am so desperate to make our garden safe enough for our son to play in.

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  16. Thanks for sharing, it's always good to be reminded about these kind of things.

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  17. Fab tips can I come and play this weekend :) x

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  18. Some fab tips - love being able to get them out in the garden

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  19. Fabulous tips. Really helpful a few there I had not thought of xx

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  20. I had my husband fill our pond in as soon as we found out we were pregnant. We love the garden; my greatest problem is that I take care of the boys and forget to take care of myself though!

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  21. I'm excited to be planning a pond again now the girls are older. We filled ours in when Kaycee was little and had a waterfall feature for a while instead that was safer. I'm really looking forward to spending time in the garden now we're getting on top of everything that's had to be done in the new house and can't wait to get the BBQ going :)

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  22. Great tips, thanks, We are slowly sorting our garden out. I look forward to sitting out watching the kids play x

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  23. Some great tips here - I'm just so excited that we can get out there again now x x

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  24. Awesome tips hun. We can't even use the Garden this bank holiday :( we are having our extension rebuilt so the garden is a mess.

    Thanks for sharing
    Lotte xo
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