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Summer Birthdays: Steps To A Fun And Safe Party Part 2 of 3

Harmful Litter and Objects

Regardless of whether the party will be on your property or in a public area, make sure to take some time out to pick up trash, sticks, fallen tree branches, and other potentially harmful debris from the party area. While you are at it, scan the yard as you walk for any holes which could cause a trip and fall or a twisted ankle. Also be on the lookout for poisonous plants such as poison ivy, poison oak, or bushes or trees with edible-looking berries that could make children sick. If there are trees or man-made structures nearby, check branches, trunks, eaves, gutters, and overhangs for hornet’s, bee’s, or wasp’s nests and make sure to find out if anyone at the party have severe allergic reactions to insect stings. If so, and perhaps just as a precautionary measure, it would be a good idea to have an epi-pen on hand in the event of such an emergency.

If there are sandboxes or sand under a play structure for shock absorption, rake through the sand thoroughly to make sure there is no broken glass or other sharp objects.

Party Favors

Check party favor packaging for age suitability recommendations and make sure to stay within the guidelines. If there will be small children present, consider going with higher quality favors as cheap ones have the tendency to break apart which can pose a serious choking hazard or cause cuts with their sharp, broken plastic edges.


Providing supplies for proper hand washing is also a very important aspect when it comes to the health and safety of the children. Make sure that food and drink servers wash their hands often and that all the guest wash or sanitize their hands thoroughly before eating.

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Summer Birthdays: Steps To A Fun And Safe Party Part 1 of 3

Throwing an outdoor birthday party for your child during the summer months can be a lot of fun. It can be extremely rewarding to watch the smiling little faces and hear the sounds of laughter. The last thing that any parent wants to happen on such a happy occasion is for an accident, illness, or injury to disrupt everyone’s good time. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take well before the first guest arrives in order to prevent such and incident from occurring. Keep in mind that if you have an ADT alarm system, your keypad will have a panic button to press in case of accident, poisoning, fire, etc.

As you are planning your child’s summer birthday party, you’ll want to be aware of the surroundings where the children will be playing. Use caution when choosing a location, especially if you are familiar with the area, there may be many safety hazards in your own backyard or local park that may be disguised by sheer familiarity. Keep the following tips in mind in order to keep your child and all the other party goers safe, happy, and healthy while they are under your watch. Once you know what hazards to look for and avoid, volunteer to help out other parents who are throwing parties that your child will be attending for the safety of your child and others. Also, don’t forget to educate your child or children about the potential hazards that they should be looking out for. This way, they are more likely to stay safe even when you can’t be with them.


Balloons are one of the most common decorations for birthday parties, indoors and out. However, they are not necessarily a safe choice for all age groups. Younger children in particular can choke on broken or uninflated balloons very quickly. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission reports that balloon have led to more suffocation deaths in children than any other single toy. Just keep a cell phone nearby for emergency calls and don’t forget that your ADT alarm panel can be used to alert help.