School is almost out, which means that parks and playgrounds will soon be swarming with kids. Playgrounds can be a great place to socialize and meet new friends, but, at the same time, it is important to take precautions to keep kids safe. Playground accidents happen even when parents are extremely cautious. Falls account for nearly 75% of all playground injuries, but 45% of all playground accidents could be avoided if the kiddos had proper supervision.
Of course, it’s normal for kids to be active, curious, and want to try new things. When your kids are playing at the park or playground, be engaged and present so you can preempt any thoughts of grandeur.
Here are some simple tips to keep kids safe while they play:
– Spot kids when climbing on the jungle gym, merry-go-round, or swings. Kids are less likely to jump off equipment if a parent is nearby.
– Take your kids to playgrounds that have shock-absorbing material like rubber, pea gravel, wood chips, or similar. If the kiddos were to fall, there will be a cushion to soften the impact as opposed to hitting the hard surface of asphalt or concrete.
– Dress appropriately for the environment. Remove any jewelry, scarves, or strings that could get caught and cause strangulation.
– Teach kids to take turns, because pushing, shoving, and crowding can cause accidents. If kids are playing too rough, move your children to another part of the playground.