Childproof your garden
Fresh air and space to run is a joy for toddlers, but make sure the area is safe.
As much fun as playing in the garden is, there are always dangers. Take a look at our handy safety tips and have peace of mind while your toddler runs free.General garden rules
- Keep garden tools locked away.
- Make sure children can't get out through gaps in fences or open gates.
- Don't leave boxes or any other objects near fence in case your child climbs on top of it to climb over the fence
- Never leave your infant or young child alone with a dog.
- Don't allow children near open flames such as a braai.
- Store insecticides where children can’t reach them.
- Get an expert to identify poisonous plants, and replace them with harmless alternatives.
- Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment.
- Swimming pools must be properly fenced off – use an SABS approved fence.
- Make sure the gates self-close and self-latch at a height children can't reach.
- Add a professionally installed pool safety net to cover your pool.
- Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd's hook - a long pole with a hook on the end - and life preserver) near the pool.
- Avoid inflatable swimming aids. They can give children a false sense of security.
- Empty paddling pools when not in use.
- Fishing ponds should be covered with a net or mesh.
- Swimming lessons for children under four should not be seen as a way to decrease the risk of drowning.
- Enforce rules such as no running, no pushing, no dunking and never swim alone.
- Attend a CPR class.
- Make sure your nanny has attended a CPR class.
Do you have any handy garden or outdoor tips?
- Equipment like slides and jungle gyms should suit the age of your child.
- Carefully maintain all equipment (i.e. look for loose parts, splinters, rust, etc).
- Make sure your child wears a helmet when he is using his scooter or bike.
- Don't buy a bicycle that is too big for the child.