Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ten Rules for Playground Safety

The other day I talked about playground safety and things to watch out for.  Supervision is only part of the battle though.  We have to teach children how to play safe and be responsible at playgrounds to keep everyone safe.

Ten things to teach our kids about playground safety.
  1. Never push or roughhouse on playground equipment. 
  2. Stay a safe distance from slides and swings. (The BIG one we are working on right now - as Little Miss almost got kicked in the head by a swinger with 2, yes 2, walking casts on his feet! Thank you Jonathan for grabbing her!)
  3. Use equipment properly, go down slides feet first and no standing on swings.
  4. Leave bikes, backpacks, scooters and other things to the side.  It will help no one trip.
  5. Take off your bike helmet while you are playing.
  6. Only play on dry equipment.  Wet equipment is slippery.
  7. Check to make sure the equipment is not too hot.
  8. Do not wear clothes with cords and drawstrings.  Take off necklaces and purses, they can get caught and accidentally strangle children.
  9. Wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days.
  10. Always watch for others before going down a slide and only go down one at a time.

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