An important reminder for parents and caregivers as the weather warms up and you head to the park with the children.
It's Playground Safety Week. While its common sense we need to keep an eye on our kids as they climb the jungle gym, ride the merry go round or swing "as high as the sky", their are some tips to avoid having to use the first aid kit!
These suggestions come from Safe Kids Worldwide:
Tips for Playground Safety
- Actively supervise children on playgrounds. It won’t be hard – they’ll probably be calling for you to watch them climb, jump and swing.
- Teach children that pushing, shoving or crowding while on the playground can be dangerous.
- Little kids can play differently than big kids. It is important to have a separate play area for children under 5.
- Ensure that your children are dressed appropriately for the playground. Avoid the risk of strangulation by removing necklaces, purses, scarves, and clothing with drawstrings that could get caught on equipment. Even helmets can be dangerous on a playground, so save those for bikes.
- Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.