Hazards Outside the Home


When it comes to safety inside the home, it’s important for all homeowners to be sure their home’s electrical system is up-to-date. Other safety concerns include ripped or torn carpeting (fall hazards), a wobbly staircase, chipping lead paint (older homes), asbestos (older homes), nails, mold, etc.

While indoor hazards are critical issues to address, we cannot ignore hazards located just outside the home as well, especially when we have children, pets, and visitors walking around our properties. If you’re a homeowner, you want to be vigilant about keeping your property safe for you and anyone else who may walk around the grounds.

You are ultimately responsible for visitors’ safety, and if someone is injured on your property, you can be legally liable for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, and other relevant damages. Even if you have homeowners insurance, it’s still far better to prevent injuries from happening in the first place.

Watch for Potential Hazards!

Common hazards located outside of private residential property include:

  • Rusty nails
  • Wood with rusty nails
  • Holes dug by animals, rodents, and snakes (fall hazards)
  • Gasoline improperly stored in drink containers
  • Hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets
  • Tick habitats with brushy, overgrown, and woody areas in a backyard
  • Outdoor steps with ice or snow
  • Improperly stored paint in containers a child may drink from
  • Pools that are not surrounded by a gate pose a drowning hazard

As a homeowner, it’s just as important to keep the outside of your home safe as it is to keep the inside of your home safe. You never know when a neighborhood child, a pet, or an unexpected visitor may stop by and walk around the outside of your home.

The key is to be vigilant about creating an accident-free zone. To do this, walk around your property regularly during the daylight hours to ensure it is free from hazards. To prevent injuries from occurring at night, install landscape lighting, which not only illuminates your home for aesthetic appeal but also increases safety by adding light so people can see when they’re walking around in the dark.

Next: Why Landscape Lighting?

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