Pick up any rocks, branches, broken glass or debris that might be lying around the yard. Place any waste in a heavy-duty trash bag. Keep an eye out for any insect infestations around the house and yard. Use a good insect spray to get rid of any wasp nests or beehives.
Any ditches in or around your yard should be filled up or covered and secured so children cannot accidentally fall in. Ask for a neighbor's help if the ditch is not on your property but accessible to children. It's in everyone's best interest to make the neighborhood a safer place.
Put away lawn equipment, garden tools and other things you use around the yard that could cause an accident. In the garage, keep chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, automotive oils and fuel locked. Keep tools in a secure place and remember to keep all ladders out of children's reach. These items don't always seem dangerous, but they need to be kept where little hands can't get them. Lock tools and chemicals in a shed or in a storage cabinet in the garage.
Be sure all buckets — and any large containers that can collect water — are empty and put away. Even a five-gallon bucket can hold enough water in it to drown a child.