When you have children, it’s important that you make sure they are safe from dangers at all time. Most parents already know how to make their home a safe place by setting up gates at the top of stairways, blocking electrical sockets, hiding poisonous cleaners, putting away knives and other kitchen tools, and checking for items that could easily break and be swallowed. But have you taken the time to look outside and make sure that your yard is safe for play? Here are a few tips to help you get started making sure that your home is safe and secure.

Put Up a Fence

The most basic and important thing you can do to protect the kids in your care is to make sure that your yard is surrounded by a secure fence. This is especially important if you live near a road or any body of water. Get a fence that is tall enough that your children can’t climb over it. One great thing about getting a secure fence is that it not only keeps your children from getting out into danger, it also keeps people and animals from getting inside your yard.

Secure Dangerous Items

Keep all of your dangerous outdoor equipment safely put away where your kids can’t get to it. The easiest way to do this is by building a storage shed or other unit for your stuff. Look into metal storage sheds like those sold by New Deal Metal Buildings to store your items like a lawnmower, gasoline, pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, pool chemicals, and lawn clippers. To make sure that your things are truly safe, put a combination lock on the outside of your shed.

Protect Your Pool

For most homeowners, the most dangerous thing on their property is their pool. This seemingly harmless source of summertime fun is also a deadly attraction for children of all ages. Most municipalities have laws about protecting your pool from children who may fall into it. And most homeowner insurance policies have special rules and regulations regarding pools because they’re so dangerous. Put a tall fence around your pool and pull up the ladder if you have one. Don’t leave attractive toys like floating rafts and balls around, as they will attract children to your space. And always make sure that kids are supervised when swimming.