Backyard Safety Tips

Summer is finally here and we know that you’re eager to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and spend some time in your backyard. Sadly, sometimes 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

An essential part of enjoying the hot weather, swimming pools can also be a source of danger. Pool safety is vitally important to ensure your enjoyment does not get ruined. 

Over-treating your pool with too much chlorine 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. The buddy system should always be employed, particularly for kids.


Grills and fire pits can frequently be found in backyards and are often part of summer fun. Each device—if left unattended—can cause serious fire damage to your home, so it is important to make sure you always have an eye on them and keep children a safe distance away. 

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

  • Only use your propane or charcoal barbecue grill outside
  • Keep your pets and children a few feet away from the grilling area
  • Clean the grease and fat buildup from your grill because 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 the tick population also means an increase in Lyme and other 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 even rub off on children or pets. Children tend to have weaker immune systems, meaning they could be more susceptible to illness. Certain pesticides are meant for application to clothing rather than skin, so be sure to read labels carefully. 

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, 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!