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.

Prevent drowning
  • 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.

Prevent falls
  • 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.
Do you have any handy garden or outdoor tips?

Read Parent24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Everything from parties to pre-schools in your area.

Jobs - Find your dream job

Fieldwork Administrator - Wellington WC

Cape Winelands
Agri Technovation
R13 000.00 - R15 000.00 Per Month

Branch Manager

Atlantic Meat
R17 000.00 - R20 000.00 Per Month

Software Developer

Port Elizabeth
S4 Integration (Pty) Ltd

Property - Find a new home