max temp: 15°C

min temp: 15°C


Make the Right Call: Making the great outdoors safe this summer

12:28 04 August 2014

Parents are being given advice to keep children safe outdoors this summer

Parents are being given advice to keep children safe outdoors this summer


The warm weather is a great excuse to enjoy outdoor living, and where children are concerned, it’s worth being aware of the potential hazards.


Dr Mashbileg Maidrag, consultant with Suffolk’s public health team, provides handy tips for a safer summer.

Gardens are generally safe and fun places for children to play, but there are a few things to bear in mind.

You should look out for potential exit points in your garden, especially if it is near a busy road or driveway.

Most plants and flowers are harmless, but some can be toxic if eaten, so make children aware of dangerous plants or keep them out of reach. The same goes for any weed or insect killer that you have applied.

When using toys or climbing equipment, always follow the installation instructions. Don’t put climbing equipment or playhouses near concreted areas or too near walls, fences or large bushes.

Trampolines, while a children’s favourite, should be erected carefully, ensuring the surrounding area is free of hazards. It’s important to supervise children at all times, monitor the number using it and check the trampoline’s condition before use. For DIY enthusiasts, remember not to leave tools lying around, and never use power tools in the wet. Hoses, while great fun in hot weather, are not a good combination with power tools or any other electrical items.

Paddling pools should be cleared away at the end of the day as they can fill up with rain overnight, posing a potential drowning hazard to small children. Ponds can also be dangerous, and should be fenced off so they are out of bounds.



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central

A major conference aimed at pushing ahead with dramatic changes to Ipswich town centre is to be held at the end of this month.

The area in Clarkson Street where two gangs fought on September 23

An Ipswich mother-of-two has told of how she was left terrified after getting caught up in the middle of fighting between groups of young men wielding bricks, lumps of wood and an axe.

Sharon Halls and Daniel Compton's baby, Evie

The mother of a premature baby born 12 weeks early in the Dominican Republic has said they are not expecting to travel home before December.

Rory Marriott, who was sent on a nearly 30mile diversion

We all bemoan the diversions which close the highways and byways of Suffolk when roadworks are set up.

The Orwell Bridge

There have been a number of crashes on the county’s roads this morning.

Police have defended the use of an offender rehabilitation scheme

The leader of a scheme to rehabilitate prolific offenders in Suffolk has clarified its responsibilities after a sex scandal involving one of its team attracted attention.

Campaigners have been calling for a by-pass for decades.

Local councils are to spend £500,000 in a bid to kick-start proposals for a four villages’ by-pass – a move that could see the road opened by 2021.

Dan Poulter with employees at B&Q

The proposed closure of the B&Q superstore on the edge of Ipswich will lift a huge question mark over the future of one of the town’s largest retail parks.

David Acton, Hannah Hutch and Patti Love in Jane Wenham-The Witch of Walkern, which is touring Suffolk and Essex

A leading Suffolk private school has cancelled a play by an Oscar-winning and National Theatre-sponsored playwright because of fears about bad language and its subject matter which covers child abuse.

Volunteers and members of the Synergy Cafe in Hadleigh. Holding the cheque are, from left, Suffolk County councillor Sarah Stamp, Andrea Pittock from Suffolk Community Foundation and Richard Whiting, mayor of Hadleigh

Cafes in Suffolk which support people with dementia and their families have won a £10,000 grant to improve the service.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages