Keeping Your Kids Safe On the Playground

As a parent, you want to make sure to keep your kids safe at all costs no matter where they are. One place that you’ll want to make sure your kids are especially safe is on the playground. This can seem a little intimidating. After all, the playground doesn’t have amenities such as child locks like your house does. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure the security of your kids while they are playing on the playground.

Scope Out the Playground First

According to the American College of Emergency Physician, more than 200,000 kids come into the emergency room each year with injuries they got on the playground. One of the best ways to preemptively avoid this is to scope out a playground before letting your kids play on it. Is there anything that looks unsafe? Is any of the equipment broken or damaged?

If a playground looks particularly run-down, you might want to consider moving to another playground. If the playground generally looks good but has a broken piece of equipment, you should probably tell your children to stay away from that piece.

You should also make sure to pay attention to what the ground of the playground uses. Material that doesn’t absorb impact such as asphalt or gravel aren’t a good idea. Instead, look for materials such mulch, wood chips, pea gravel, sand, or shredded rubber. Younger children such as toddlers might need flat ground to walk on safely such as artificial turf.

Make Sure That Everyone Is Dressed for Play

When you go out, you make sure that your children are dressed right. If it’s cold, they have a jacket. If they’re going out during the summer, you make sure they’re dressed to stay cool. This mindset is important to carry over when you are getting ready for a day at the park. There are certain things that shouldn’t be worn because they’re easy to get caught or trip over. For instance, flip flops aren’t made for running around in. In addition, pieces of clothing such as skirts and dresses probably aren’t the best for safe climbing and playing.

Pay Attention to the Weather

The weather can be quite the adversary when it comes to a day out no matter where you’re going. You probably already cancel trips to the playground when it’s raining or supposed to rain. You should also be careful when it’s particularly hot out as well. For one, you’ll need to make sure that your child stays hydrated and cool. More concerning, though, is that you’ll need to think about equipment getting hot as well.

Even if it isn’t very hot out, pay close attention to what equipment is in direct sunlight. In a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, they cite a situation in which a young girl received second-degree burns from a plastic side on a day that was 74 degrees Fahrenheit. With this story, they also warn parents that it isn’t just metal that should be paid attention to in the heat.

Keep Age in Mind

Sometimes playgrounds are meant to be for a specific age group. More often, playgrounds have different sections for different age groups. For example, the section for younger kids might have smaller slides or shorter equipment.

It’s good to pay attention to the age recommendations for equipment to avoid injuries. As an example, if you allow a child who’s young enough that they need a swing with a seat to play on one of the “big kids” swings, they are likely to fall.

Set Down Some Rules

While you are watching your kids, it’s much easier to keep situations safe by getting their help. Before going to the playground, sit your kids down and let them know the ground rules for your day out. Telling your children not to jump off the swings or go down the slide wrong can go a long way in keeping the day safe and fun.

It’s also a good idea to tell your children why you are setting down these rules. When kids know that they are doing something to keep themselves and their siblings safe, they are likely to pay more attention.

Keep Your Eye Out

Finally, it’s best to keep your eye on your kids. It’s perfectly fine to spend time with the other moms and dads and have some fun, but don’t completely trust the fact that your kids will be safe no matter what. Even with ground rules, kids are usually pretty adventurous by nature and need a little guidance when it comes to finding the difference between a good and bad idea. By following these tips, you can make sure that the day out you have planned for you and your kids goes just as planned!

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