Your backyard is an oasis. But that doesn’t mean it is without danger. Here are some sensible precautions you can take to help your kids stay safe and keep having fun:
- Add Cinnamon to the Sandbox
Most bugs hate cinnamon. Adding cinnamon to your sandbox will help keep it bug-free this summer!
- Trampoline Safety
Pool noodles make a cheap and easy solution for covering trampoline springs.
- Remove Splinters
You can remove splinters easier by using a paste of baking soda and water. Allow it to sit on the splinter for 5 minutes. It will help push the splinter out of the skin for easier removal.
- Check your Yard for Poison Ivy
Spring is the best time to remove poison ivy because this is when poison ivy has red leaves with small greenish flowers—much easier to spot! Once you find them you can easily eliminate them before it starts growing out of hand.
- Keep your backyard flea and tick free!
Plant Pyrethrum (also known as Chrysanthemum) around your yard – especially the perimeter– to repel fleas and ticks this summer.
- Check your yard for dangerous plants.
Take the time to identify the dangerous plants and bushes in your area. Know what they are and remove any from your backyard before your kids start spending a lot of time outdoors.
- Keep the Buzz away!
Wasps and bees hate the combination smell of lemon and cloves. Take ½ a lemon and stick it with 12 cloves, then place it outside in your backyard to keep the buzz away.
- Sunburns Happen…
If you have any sunburns this summer, offer some relief with Aloe Vera ice cubes. Fill an ice tray with Aloe Vera and pop it in the freezer for a cool, comforting sunburn treatment.
- Deter Mosquitos from making a visit
Be sure to remove any standing water in and around your backyard. Stagnant, standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos… remove the water and deter the pests.
- Stock-Up on Sting-Kill!
Make sure to have plenty of Sting-Kill on hand for stings and bites from bees, wasps, mosquitoes, jellyfish, chiggers, black flies, fire ants and spiders. Make sure you have one in your car, in your home and in your pool bag. When it comes to your kids, you can never be too prepared!