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If you’re like many Americans, the spring and summer months are spent in your backyard entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. Here’s a quick checklist for you to run through to make sure that your space is safe this year:

  • Check Your Grill: Make sure your grill is in a low-traffic area and away from anything in your backyard that could catch on fire.

  • Remove Standing Water: Standing water is not only an invitation for mosquitos to breed, but it could pose a threat to small children who could easily fall in. This includes kiddy pools.

  • Have Pool Rules: If you have a pool, do not allow children to swim unattended. Also, install a fence around your pool and make sure that it is not accessible without an adult.

  • Be Careful with Fire Pits: Fire pits should only be used when the weather conditions are right and with full supervision. Do not leave the pit unattended until all embers and sparks are fully extinguished.

  • Check Your Decks and Fences: Wooden surfaces should be sanded and resealed every two years to prevent injury and damage to the structures.

  • Look at Your Plants: Some plants in your backyard may be poisonous to children and pets. See if there are substitutions for your dangerous plants.

  • Check Your Pesticides: If you have treated your lawn with pesticides, it is best to wait 48 hours before allowing children to play on it. Check the warning labels of all lawn chemicals used to see how long you should wait before returning to your yard.

It is important to keep your yard not only pleasant, but safe when entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. For more information on how you can protect the guests in your home, contact us today at 806-763-7311. If you like articles like this and would like some home-specified articles or checklist emailed to you, please contact Lacy at landrews@shropshireinsurance.com. Happy beginnings to a wonderful summer! 

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