How to child proof your garden

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Having a beautiful garden is the dream, having lots of trees and intricate ornaments that decorate the outside space. However, a family garden should have something for everyone, which includes a safe space for children to play in. Whilst many of us pay attention to childproofing our homes, we may forget to pay the same attention to outdoor space. Every child is different and their needs differ to others, but there are still basic things that need to be put into place to ensure your child can safely play outside with the rest of the family. Here are some tips on how to child proof your garden.

Pay attention to the surface space. If you are planning to have outdoor dining then there may be a risk of children knocking into tables and chairs. If there is loose gravel or chippings around the garden pay attention to that too as it can be a choking hazard to young children. Consider slabs over decking which can get slippery on a rainy day. The key is to ensure that the garden is also suitable for children to happily run around without the constant need to be supervised.

Remove any major hazards in the garden. Ponds and water features are a beautiful addition to gardens but can be a serious hazard for young children due to the risk of drowning. Consider covering them up or placing a strong barrier around them. Any chemicals or garden tools that are left out such as lawnmowers or sharp gardening equipment should be put away to ensure they don't fall into the hands of little children. Consider putting them away neatly in a safe space such as this garden storage in London to increase safety and longevity.

Give your child a space of their own. A sandpit or tree house can mean your child has a zone designed specifically for them which will keep them out of harm's way. The best part is, you won’t have to sacrifice any of your outdoor luxuries along the way!

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