Your backyard is a wonderful place to be. Ideally, it should be an extension of your indoor living area, giving your children and pets a place to play and expend energy. However, if you’re not careful, your backyard can also, unfortunately, be a dangerous place. Creating a safe backyard is in your best interest.

Tripping Hazards

Slippery pool decks, wooden decks, curbs, and holes can lead to stubbed toes or broken bones. Decks can become slippery because of mildew, algae, or moss The best way to prevent slippage on your deck is to keep it clean. Take a look around your yard for hazards and make sure any holes are marked and can be fixed. Installing path and stake lights can help prevent accidents along footpaths by illuminating the walkway. If you have a deck you might consider attaching lights to the structure and stairs to prevent falls.

Eliminate Pests

You might expect nothing more than some pain, itchiness, and swelling from bee or wasp stings, but people with allergies can have a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Wasps are one of the more dangerous pestsyou can encounter on your property. Symptoms typically include: itching and hives, swelling in the throat or tongue, trouble breathing, dizziness, and many more. In severe cases, a person can go into shock and lose consciousness. These reactions can be deadly, so it’s important to try to eliminate pests through a pest control specialist. You can help ward off pests by wearing bug spray and avoiding sweet-smelling perfumes.

Remove Standing Water

Leaving standing water in your yard can facilitate mold growth, lead to foundation issues, create a breeding ground for mosquitoes, cause lawn and landscaping problems such as grass and plant death, and prompt you to unintentionally track mud into the house. Make your yard less desirable to mosquitoes by removing standing water . Mosquitoes need water to breed, so don’t let water sit around anywhere. By getting rid of anything that collects water, you can decrease the number of mosquitoes that hatch in your yard. This will help reduce the chances of getting bit by mosquitoes and possibly contracting a disease from them.

While most lawns and gardens aren’t lying in wait to harm you, unintentional neglect can create the potential for injuries, accidents, and other mishaps. You can reduce the incidence of ER visits, hospitalizations, and even death by taking just a few precautions to upgrade the safety of your outdoor space.

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