Over 200,000 kids visit emergency rooms each year for home playground-related accidents.By Melanie Haiken, for Sharecare
My friend's first unfortunate mistake: Ignoring the broken ash-catcher on the bottom of his ancient Weber grill, which was loose enough to allow an ember to slip through. His second mistake: Grilling on the deck, rather than in the back yard. Add the two together and you have a tragic equation: A three-alarm fire that damaged the entire back half of his Florida home.
Grilling isn't the only way summer fun can suddenly turn dangerous. Here's a checklist to make sure your entire backyard is as safe as your living room.
- Grills: Make sure your grill is in good working order. Don't use your barbecue on a flammable surface. And don't grill too close to the house. Close grill vents and douse coals with water when you're done if you don't plan to keep an eye on them.
- Playground equipment: Follow installation instructions carefully when setting up swing sets, climbing structures and slides. Avoid equipment made out of pressure-treatedRead More »from 6 Worst Backyard Safety Mistakes