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Playground Safety

Kids love to play outside. Playgrounds and parks are perfect for summertime activities. Just make sure you keep your kids safe.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend
3-minute read
Episode #9

Kids love to play outside. Playgrounds and parks are wonderful places to take children to allow them to get some fresh air and exercise. It's important to pay attention to safety when visiting these places. I’m going to share some tips with you to help you keep your children safer when playing on equipment outdoors.

Tip #1: Make sure everyone is dressed accordingly. Avoid baggy clothing and clothing with any type of drawstrings. You'll want to leave any dangling jewelry at home as well. These items can be dangerous if caught or snagged.

Tip #2: Sensible shoes are important for outdoor play. Be sure your child is wearing supportive, athletic shoes. Sandals are cute and fun, but they are not safe for park play. Some children like to run barefoot through the park sand. This is not safe. Please ask your children to keep their shoes on.

Tip #3: Sunblock is a must if you and your child will be spending time in the sun. Even if the sky seems overcast, you’ll want be sure your child’s skin is protected.

Tip #4: When planning any type of outdoor activity, it's always good to bring plenty of drinking water. The exercise and fresh air can make everyone very thirsty, and it's important to stay hydrated. It is also important to have a first aid kit nearby. If you have a cellular phone, be sure to bring that along as well, but only for emergencies. You won’t want to be chatting on the phone when you should be watching and playing with your child.

Tip #5: When you arrive at the playground be sure to check the equipment. Make sure that the surfaces are not wet and slippery or hot to the touch. Metal equipment can get very hot in the summer sun. If you find several items of equipment to be in disrepair, you might want to choose a new location to play.
 

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