Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in the Backyard

(HealthDay News) -- Playing in the backyard is a great way for a child to get needed exercise, but you should make sure your backyard is safe.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these safety suggestions:

  • Make sure there aren't any dangerous or poisonous plants in your yard.

  • Create a boundary for your child if you don't have a fenced yard; make sure someone responsible is always supervising your child.

  • Make sure your child understands to never eat anything from a plant.

  • Take care when using pesticides or herbicides in your yard; make sure children don't play on an area for 48 hours after these chemicals are applied.

  • Never allow a child to ride on a lawn mower, and never mow with a power mower when children are nearby.

  • Keep children away from any barbecue grill.

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