OUTDOOR SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS
With 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:
There is no aspect of child safety more important than close adult
- 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
- 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
- Don’t store toys under a
- Regardless of whether you are outside
with your children or not, you will want to establish boundaries with
- 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
- 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.