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Teaching kids to prevent playground injuries
It’s all fun and games… till someone gets hurt.
You’ve installed your home playground equipment in the safest way possible. You placed a safety surface beneath it. You chose a spot that can be easily supervised. And you’ve taken good care of the equipment. But before you can let your children run wild to jump, climb, hang, and swing from the home playground, you need to show them how to be responsible for their own safety.
Here are a few kid-friendly tips to ensure playground injuries are avoided.
ACT YOUR AGE
Make sure your home playground equipment is suitable to the age of your children, and teach your kids to stick to the area that is meant for them. At Backyard Discovery, all of our sets are designed for children from three to ten years old.
It’s important to explain playground etiquette to your kids to avoid anyone getting hurt. No pushing kids out of the way. Be polite with the other children on the playground. Children should always try be aware of other kids and their surroundings to avoid a collision or injury.
DRESS FOR PLAYTIME
Teach your children that dress-up clothes are not playground clothes. Loose fitting clothing or jewelry can easily get caught in home playground equipment and create a safety hazard.
USE THE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT APPROPRIATELY
One of the most common causes of playground injuries is from misuse of home playground equipment. Teach kids that being safe means sliding down the slide, not climbing up it. Swings are for sitting, not standing.
TELL AN ADULT IF SOMETHING IS WRONG
If any of the playground equipment is broken or not functioning properly, it should be immediately reported to an adult. Teach your kids to tell you if another child is rough-housing or misbehaving.
With well-informed children and adequate adult supervision, playground injuries can easily be prevented and avoided.