Keep Your Backyard Safe!

Now that summer is finally here Branch Services knows that you are eager to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and spend some time in your own backyard. Sadly, accidents can occur outside and spoil your fun. Here is a list of some common backyard dangers to keep an eye out for:

Swimming Pools

Swimming pools are a big part of enjoying the hot weather. Pool safety is vitally important to ensure your enjoyment does not get hampered. Over-treating your pool can lead to chemical poisoning and anywhere water is present you have to mind any nearby electrical appliances. You should also ensure that if you have kids they know the dangers that can be present in a pool and wait for adult supervision before taking a plunge.


Grills and fire pits can frequently be found in backyards. Each device, if unattended, could cause serious fire damage to your home.

Fire Pit Safety Tips

Flammable material and fluids must be kept away from fire pits.

Don’t overload your fire pit.

Place your fire pit on a level surface.

Be sure to not place your fire pit under tree branches, or telephone or electrical wires.

Keep a garden hose, bucket of water, or fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.

Grill Safety Tips

Be sure to only use your propane or charcoal barbeque grill outside.

Keep your pets and children a few feet away from the grilling area.

Clean the grease and fat buildup from your grill. Both grease and fat burn very quickly and could cause burns or fires.


Long Island is seeing an increase in the number of ticks populating the island. The increase in tick population also means an increase in Lyme disease diagnoses. If you’re entering tall grass or deep forests be sure to check your skin regularly for ticks.


Strong pesticides can help protect you from ticks, but they also present their own dangers. Powerful chemicals can contaminate the area for days and could even rub off on children or pets. Children tend to have weaker immune systems, meaning they could be more susceptible to illness.

Large Patio Umbrellas

Patio umbrellas can be blown off balance by wind and could wreak havoc; breaking windows, breaking structures, or even flying into a neighbor’s yard. To avoid danger going forward be sure to reinforce the umbrella with a weight, brace, or even a sandbag.

Branch Services wants to ensure you have a safe and happy summer. Watch out for the dangers that can be present in your own backyard! If fire, storm, water, or mold damage your home we want you to know that Branch Services is only a phone call away. Give us a call at (631)467-6600 to see what we can do for you!