Playground safety is a very important topic I can't believe Spring is almost here and Summer is fast approaching and with summer comes a lot of outdoor play and frequent requests for outdoor play. You will need a checklist for playground safety.
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After spending long winter months in doors everyone is eager to jump right into such beautiful weather
Since Parks and playgrounds would be a great part of our existence in the next few months I thought to share a few tips to make sure our kids are safe while they play.
Playground Safety Rules and Regulations
1. Before you leave home
Depending on the age of the child/children, discuss safety rules before going to play in the park. Safety rules such as the ones listed below are what I discuss with my children.
- Do not talk to strangers. If you need anything, the first and only person to ask is the adult who accompanied you to the park.
- Stay within eye's reach of your mom / dad or the adult who brought you to the park.
- Do not run in front of a moving swing.
- No pushing, shoving or high impact games.
- Always look out for your siblings especially the younger ones.
Let the kids repeat these rules to you as often as possible so they master them then have them say it to you before you get into the park.
2. Dress appropriately for the Park/Playground.
When going to the park, kids should be dressed up in comfortable clothing like jeans and T-shirts. Comfortable Shoes aka sneakers.
The park isn't a place to wear necklaces or complicated earrings. Those could turn into weapons during play.
Necklaces, Scarves etc can become strangulation risks and complicated earrings can cause injury if forcefully pulled from the ear during play.
3. Identify the Exits / Entrances to the playground.
A playground is a time to pay full attention to your kids and not the time to browse through your phone.
First thing you do when you get to a playground, especially when it's your first time in that playground is to scan through the area with your eyes to identify how many entrances the playground has. ( I learnt this from my sister in law )
I usually prefer playgrounds with fewer exits as against multiple exits because it makes my detective job easier. Lol.
4. Scan through the park at a glance.
The next thing you should be looking out for, are the playground equipment. Look out for broken or rusty equipment. Generally make sure the playground is safe for play. If you do find broken or bad equipment. Do not play in the park, make sure to contact the people responsible for the park maintenance to let them know.
5. Check the surface of the floor of the playground.
The floor of the playground should be fitted with impact absorbing surfaces like sand, wood chips etc especially around the play equipment like swings, slides, jungle gyms etc. These surfaces help prevent serious injuries if a child falls during play.
These are my 5 tips and I would love for you to pitch in and share your tips for safety in the playground so we all can learn together. Share your thoughts with me in the comments.
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