3 Outdoor Safety Tips for Kids
If you remember your childhood, you may recollect some ever-present dangers which could have cost you your life. Perhaps, you suffered some injuries as a result, which fuels your current desire to protect your kids, especially outdoors. With that said, constant adult supervision is the number one solution in child safety. A SafeKids.org report revealed that 45% of kids’ injuries sustained at the playground result from inadequate supervision. So how concerned are you about this statistic? Read further to discover how you can also ensure outdoor safety for your kids.
The most important feature on any playground is efficient adult supervision. As already mentioned in the introduction, about 45% of kids’ injuries are due to the lack of supervision in this area. Additionally, falls makeup two-thirds of such injuries. This is the more reason why playground flooring requires shock-absorbing surfaces to buffer or cushion the impact of these falls. As you already know, children’s bodies are still developing, and any miscalculated step leading to a fall could result in fractures, a concussion, or worse eventualities.
Some playgrounds prefer to use sand, pea gravel, mulch, or synthetic turf as their surface covers. However, as a guardian or parent, you should look out for poured-in-place rubber playground flooring. These are durable, maintenance-free, safe, and shock-resistant. Its design also provides a soft cushioning for children who lose their balance and fall to the ground.
Furthermore, it would help if you watched out for loose bolts on swings, broken equipment, or splinters on wooden playthings. More so, your tiny tot may find it appealing to play with equipment meant for older kids. However, this is when you must use your creativity to redirect them to what is most suitable for their specific age group.
This outdoor activity is fun, liberating, and improves healthy mobility among kids (and, in fact, for all age groups). However, for this article’s purposes, you must be particularly mindful because children are more prone to collisions and falls. As you protect your kids and teach them the dangers of bicycling, you must make it a habit to ensure they always wear the appropriate bicycle helmet. If your children are old enough, teach them how to adjust the helmet straps to keep them tight but comfortable.
Furthermore, make it a point to teach your kids not to ride in the middle of a road. For older children, let them know the designated areas bicycles are allowed to move without endangering themselves and other road users. It will be helpful to teach your kids the basic rules of the road. Examples of these are:
- Not riding on sidewalks
- Obeying traffic signals
- Being on the lookout for open car doors and vehicles leaving driveways
- Seasonal safety
Every season has a set of outdoor activities that enhance the fun for kids. But in the same vein, each season has its safety concerns as well. It should be your responsibility to assess weather conditions before permitting your child to play outdoors. From what they wear to what they eat or drink, you should always be hands-on. In the spring or fall, allergies are more common when outdoors. For example, kids with asthma, pollen, or insect bite allergies must be well-protected.
In the summer, kids must hydrate more often and be encouraged to wear airy clothes. Sunscreen must also be a constant feature in this weather. During the winter months, ice and snow increase the risks of falls due to the slippery ground. Also ensure, your kids are dressed in layers (not forgetting a waterproof outer garment) when they’re outdoors. Exposure to frosty weather can cause hypothermia and frostbites.
Trouble is almost synonymous with childhood. However, you can ensure a trouble-free playtime when you double up your efforts as a parent or guardian. Allow children to be children, but safety (especially when outdoors) should never be toyed with.
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