Playground Safety Tips That Parents Should Know

I believe every children like to go playground. They have lots of fun there and my Baby Moon likes playground very much. She will request to go playground every evening and when she sees other kids playing with their balls, she wants to bring hers together! That’s so much fun when she is familiar with the playground equipments.

However, we as parents should always know about playground safety to confirm that our kids are always safe when having fun at playground.

Some Playground Safety Tips

  • Learn and teach your child about playground safety–you are not always with them.
  • Stay close to your child.
  • Be sure that children younger than 5 years old are supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Ensure that your child uses the equipment safely and correctly.
  • Teach your child to watch for other children and to take turns on playground equipment.
  • Clothing can get trapped in equipment and strangle a child. Remove drawstrings and other cords from clothing.
  • Check to see if the equipment is age appropriate for your children.
  • Review with your children the proper use of the equipment and your family’s basic safety rules eg, no running, pushing, or hurting other children, respect for other children and people using the equipment.
  • Hold handrails at all times.
  • Remind children not to go in front of swing.
  • Check that metal slides, steps and platforms are not too hot to touch.
  • Tell children to slide down feet first, one at a time, not head first.
  • Children should wear shoes at all times on playgrounds – sharp objects and glass are always a concern.
  • Playgrounds should be maintained regularly. Report any problems.

Safe Equipment Guidelines
Swing Safety

  • Swings should be made of soft material such as rubber or plastic, not wood or metal.
  • Kids should always sit in the swing, not stand or kneel. They should hold on tightly with both hands while swinging, and when finished swinging, stop the swing completely before getting off.
  • Children should stay a safe distance from other kids on swings, being careful not to run or walk in front of or in back of moving swings.
  • Kids should never ride with more than one child to a swing. Swings are designed to safely hold only one person.

Seesaw Safety

  • Seesaw seats are like swings: one child per seat. A child who is too light to seesaw with a partner should find a different partner — not add another child to his or her side of the seesaw.
  • Kids should always sit facing one another, not turned around.
  • Teach kids to hold on tightly with both hands while on a seesaw, not to touch the ground or push off with their hands, and to keep feet to the sides, out from underneath the seesaw.
  • Kids should stand back from a seesaw when it’s in use. They should never stand beneath a raised seesaw, stand and rock in the middle, or try to climb onto it while it’s in motion.

Slide Safety

  • Children should take one step at a time and hold onto the handrail when climbing the ladder to the top of the slide. They should not climb up the slide itself to get to the top.
  • Kids should always slide down feet first and sitting up, never head first on their back or stomach.
  • Only one child should be on the slide platform at a time, and kids shouldn’t slide down in groups.
  • Kids should always check that the bottom of the slide is clear before sliding down. When they reach the bottom, they should get off and move away from the end of the slide so it’s clear for other kids to slide down.

Climbing Equipment Safety

  • Too many kids on the equipment at one time can be dangerous. Everyone should start on the same side of the equipment and move across it in the same direction.
  • When climbing down, kids should watch for those climbing up; they should never race across or try to reach for bars that are too far ahead.
  • Children younger than age 5 may not have the upper-body strength necessary for climbing and should only be allowed to climb on age-appropriate equipment. Preschoolers should only climb 5 feet high and school-age kids should only climb 7 feet high.

Play is an important part of kids’ physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development. Following these safety tips will help your kids play as safely as possible.

Baby Moon at Playground :)

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