A Simple Checklist To Follow When Assessing Whether A Yard Is Safe

Even if your own backyard is locked down, this checklist makes it easy to assess where your toddler has playdates and determine if anything is out of whack.

by Fatherly
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Presumably, your backyard is a little child nirvana that’s been meticulously child-proofed and is the neighborhood gold standard. But your kid will play in lots of backyards as they get older, so it helps to know what to look for before setting them loose. Are garbage cans secured in a way that little people can’t mess with them? If there’s play equipment, is it weathered, rusted or splintered? If there’s a pool, is it surrounded by fencing that’s at least 4 feet high, with a locked gate? If you encounter anything that might be dangerous, maybe offer to help where you can ­– not everyone can run as tight a ship as you, Captain Yard Guard.

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