How can I keep my children safe in the yard?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
To keep your children safe while in the yard and outside the house:
  • Use soft materials such as sand or wood chips underneath playground equipment.
  • Do you really need the trampoline? It's a huge source of accidents. The mesh walls are better than nothing but will not prevent all injuries.
  • Use fencing around the pool 100 percent of the time.
  • Keep all lawn equipment and chemicals locked up and/or out of reach. The same goes for guns, if you have any: Keep 'em locked up. Also, don't be hesitant to ask playmates' parents if they have any guns and if they're locked up.
  • Routinely inspect your son or daughter for poison ivy and ticks.
  • That barbecue can be hot. Supervise kids while supervising salmon -- and for a long time after, since the grill stays hot for quite a while.
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