Backyard Sheds

Written by Elisabeth Forsythe
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A backyard shed is a wonderful convenience for many homeowners. Having one easily accessible place to safely store tools, yard equipment, or camping gear can help you get organized and perhaps complete more projects. Plus, it frees up valuable space in the garage, attic, or basement. However, there are a few things to keep in mind to keep you, your family, and your things safe.

It is important to get a sturdy lock for your backyard shed. Even though it's close to the house, you may not hear someone creeping back there in the middle of the night to take a look at your brand-new lawnmower. Plus, if you're keeping birdseed or the garbage in there, you need to securely fasten the door against those other robbers--raccoons. You need to be doubly sure about locking up if you plan to store chemicals or other potentially dangerous items, such as paint, turpentine, antifreeze, or fertilizer inside. Kids love to play in sheds--they're like big clubhouses--but they need to be kept away from possible injury.

Another way to keep your shed safe from various predators is to attach a light to the structure, either by running an extension cord outside or by calling in an electrician. Setting the light on a timer to turn on at night, or installing a motion-detector light can help deter all kinds of pests. Plus, it can give you greater visibility if you happen to need something in the middle of the night or early in the morning.

Keep Valuables Safe in a Secure Backyard Shed

Your backyard shed can be useful and functional, keeping your valuable tools safe or storing chemicals you don't want lying around the house. But it can also be a lure to criminals, animals, or curious children. By keeping it locked and well lit, you can add to your peace of mind.

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