Childproof your garden

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?
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