Summer Playground Safety Tips for Kids
Summer is the perfect time to take your kids to the playground and let them have fun. When you take your kids to the playground you must consider some of the dangers playgrounds can bring. According to a study done by Safe Kids Worldwide, 40% of playground accidents happen during the summer months. For parents of kids, it is important to teach few safety tips to your kids while they are on the playground. Here are some summer playground safety tips for kids to follow.
Pay Attention to Safety Signs
Most playgrounds usually have safety signs located near the playground. This sign will indicate rules that should be followed while using playground equipment. Playground signs will usually state what age group the playground is designed for. Many playgrounds are designed for kids ages 5 and up, compared to other playgrounds that are designed for toddlers, which have safer equipment. These limits are set in place to prevent kids from getting severely injured.
Also, make sure your kids understand that an out of order or caution sign around playground equipment means it should not be used. Usually this equipment is broken and needs to be repaired. Broken equipment can lead to a fall or serious head injury.
Relax & Take Breaks
The summer heat can be brutal, especially for kids. Many kids have so much fun on the playground that they don’t realize they are tired. If a kid overexerts themselves, they could pass out and hit their head. Make sure to tell your kids to take breaks by sitting in the shade for a bit before resuming playing in the heat.
Dehydration is a large issue when it comes to kids playing outdoors in the summer. Though some playgrounds have sun shades over them, this does not prevent dehydration. While your child is running around in 90-degree heat, they can easily pass out. Make sure that they keep replenishing with fluids and always take water with them. Also, do not forget to bring snacks or lunch to keep their bodies fueled while they play. Children need both water and food to give them the proper energy to play outside and avoid heat exhaustion.
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