May 20, 2012
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Tip to Keep Your Child (and Others) Playing Safely at the Playground
Summer is nearly upon us and that means a lot more of the kids and a lot less for them to do! Playgrounds are a go-to place for moms and kids alike so it's important to remember "safety first" when it comes to playing at your local playground.
Moms are safety experts when it comes to their kids yet it's easy to accidentally become complacent and overlook the little things when in familiar surroundings like a playground. Take this refresher course and be sure your kids are extra safe this summer and all year around.
1. Teach kids that pushing, shoving, crowding is never allowed.
2. Keep big kids off smaller equipment and smaller kids off bigger equipment. Age appropriate use of playground equipment is important and the guidelines are there for a reason!
3. We know it's summer and kids aren't as likely to be wearing jackets but it's always a good reminder: BE SURE to remove hood and neck drawstrings from your child's jackets and sweaters. Have kids leave toys and purses with you and remove any loose items from around their neck and head area. (necklaces, scarves, etc.)
4. Remember that sun. Check all playground equipment with the palm of your hand. Equipment can get blistering hot.
5. Sunscreen at all costs. Forgetting sunscreen is like forgetting your seatbelt. It's just not worth the risk.
6. Always insist that kids wear comfortable but safe shoes, no matter what.
7. Hold on to handrails while climbing stairs. Don't push in front of other kids.
8. Slide the right way at all times. No walking up slides and come down bottom first only.
9. Do not climb, walk or scale equipment support poles or beams. Play properly.
10. Swing sitting down only and teach kids to be careful walking in front of and behind swings.
11. Be courteous! Smaller kids can't run as fast or get out of the way as quick. Protect little ones from getting hurt.
These tips can help keep your child (and others) safely playing at the playground all year long. Talk with kids about safety and courtesy regularly and you're sure to have a boundin' good time at your local playground!
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