Hidden dangers in your backyard pose risks for kids

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- We all know an un-fenced pool can present a huge danger to kids. But turns out, there are a number of other dangers in your yard that could pose risks for children, especially in the summertime.

Here are the top four, according to Consumer Reports:

1.The lawn mower.
The publication noted youngsters are involved in some 68,000 mower injuries every year, in the United States. Injuries include cuts, burns, loss of fingers and toes, crushed and broken bones, and in some severe cases, amputations. Never let your child in the yard while mowing.

2. Pesticides
Don't ignore the pesticides. Even if they are kept in a storage area, small children can get into places if they are not locked. Many of these pesticides are toxic and if children touch them and then touch their mouths, they could be poisoned. Keep pesticides under lock and key.

3. Certain plants
Although they may be pretty, some plants, like azaleas, can be toxic. Make sure the shrubs and flowers you plant have no toxic properties.

4. Insects
Watch the bugs. Children can be allergic to bees and their sting can lead to serious problems. Also look out for ticks and mosquitoes. Some can carry serious illnesses like Lyme disease and the West Nile virus. And here in the desert, we also have to worry about critters like spiders and scorpions as well.

You can get more tips on how to childproof your yard on the Consumer Reports website.