Playground safety: our daughter is obsessed with the park now that we finally are having spring-like weather!
Things to look out for at the park:
– make sure the structures are appropriate for your child’s development
-make sure the ground is appropriate for when your child falls (I say when, not if because all toddlers fall at the park)- good park floors are made of wood chips, rubber or sand
-make sure the park is clean and there isn’t any glass, garbage or animal feces around
– always supervise your child when they are at the park, stay close when your child is less than 5 years old
– teach your children to wait their turn and be careful that other children are not in their way
-make sure your kids’ clothes don’t have any strings or pieces that can get caught and wrap around their necks
Most playground accidents involve falling. The most common injury is falling from a swing…. so keep a close eye while your kids are on the swing.
For more information check out the CPS position statement called Preventing Playground Injuries.