SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS
warmer weather there is the urge for getting kids to play outside. Outdoor play
brings a lot of fun along with chances for kids to explore and interact with
the world around them. Many parents say
that they would like their children to spend more time outside, but are
concerned about their child’s safety.
Here are some tips that I found on the Internet to help improve child
safety when playing outdoors:
- Supervise. There
is no aspect of child safety more important than close adult supervision.
- Check sandboxes for sharp sticks, broken glass,
bugs and animal droppings.
- Inspect play equipment for dangerous “S” hooks and
sharp edges and be sure all equipment pieces are in working order.
- Use a shock-absorbing surface such as mulch, wood
chips, sand or rubber matting in a backyard play space.
- Never leave a grill unattended in the backyard
when kids are nearby playing.
- Secure all yard tools, including the hose, out of
a child’s reach.
- If kids are helping you in the garden, make sure
they wear gardening gloves and wash their hands afterwards. Take an
inventory of the plants that children might reach to be sure they are not
- Don’t store toys under a pressure-treated deck.
- Regardless of whether you are outside with your
children or not, you will want to establish boundaries with them.
- Keep children well hydrated.
- Use helmets. Whether your child is riding a bike,
roller skating or skate boarding.
- Keep kids off the streets. Most accidents that
happen to children while biking, skating or playing ball happen in the
street, or in an area not meant for play.
- Use sun screen. Protect your child's young skin
with a sun screen that has an SPF of 15 or higher.
- Make sure fences and railings are safe.
- Carry a picture at all times. If you should ever
have trouble finding your child at a park or on the beach, make sure you
have an updated photograph to give to authorities or people who are
helping you look.
- Use the buddy system. Make certain that when your
kids go swimming, they use the buddy system. Never let children go in the
water alone, and, if possible, pair younger children up with adults.
- Keep your grass cut.
- Rid your property of stagnant water. Any yard
ornaments, old tires or places that accumulate stagnant water are a hazard
because they make prime breeding grounds for mosquito larvae.