Product-testing lab offers backyard safety tips
Northbrook, IL – Summertime activities send an estimated 2.3 million children to emergency departments each year, but many injuries could be prevented by some backyard safety improvements, according to Underwriters Laboratories.
A recent survey by the independent product-testing and certification organization found that 45 percent of parents have not made safety improvements outside their home in the past year. Additionally, one-quarter of parents reported placing a grill near the home, allowing children on play sets unsupervised and leaving water in kiddie pools overnight.
UL recently developed an interactive online tool that allows parents to create a model of their yard and identify possible safety hazards.
Among UL’s recommendations:
- Keep grills at a safe distance from buildings, and never leave them unattended.
- Carefully inspect backyard play sets to ensure equipment is safely anchored into the ground, all pieces are in good working order, S-hooks are entirely closed and bolts are not protruding.
- Never leave a child unattended in or near a pool, hot tub or spa. The supervising adult should be able to scan the pool every 10 seconds and reach the water within 20 seconds.