There is no better feeling for a parent than to watch their children playing, smiling and having fun. A playground area is a must for your children however; you need to take a few safety precautions in order to ensure your children are playing in a safe environment.
Make sure that your play area is age appropriate.
– If your child is just starting to walk, the surface should be smooth and easy to walk on.
– If your baby has good head control and can sit up with support, place a bucket shaped swing in the garden.
– Once your child is walking and climbing, you can look into a back yard jungle gym.
Make sure the surface is safe.
– Try use impact-absorbing surfaces. This will ensure that if your child trips or falls, he or she will not be badly injured and will get right back up and ready to continue playing.
– Recommended surface material include: sand, wood chip, rubber mats, synthetic turf and so on.
Making sure your children are dressed correctly for the playground.
– Make sure you remove any necklaces, bracelets, scarves or any strings that are hanging from your child. This will avoid them from getting tangled in the jungle gyms and avoid them hurting themselves. Even helmets can be dangerous for the playground, so save those only for the tracks.
The actual playground equipment must be safe.
– Ensure that any metal pieces on the jungle gym are rust free. This can infect your child if they get cut or hurt.
-Make sure all parts on the equipment is secure and all screws, nuts and bolts are tightly fastened. Wouldn’t want your child to go down the slide and the slide goes down as well.
– Replace any chains when they start to look old and rusted.
– Make sure you buy your equipment from a trusted dealer or store like Game Time or another similar manufacturer.
– If you have any problems with any of the playground items, make sure to call the company straight away and have it fixed as soon as possible. You might have a grumpy face moping around the house for a few days but rather that than a child who is hurt.
In the instance that you cannot create a play area in your own backyard, there are a few things you need to check before taking your child to a public play area.
– Please watch your child at all times. More than 2000 playground related injuries are treated in the ER yearly. So keep an eye on your child.
– Teach your child manners. They need to know that pushing and shoving on the playground is not accepted and will not be tolerated by you or the other parents.
– Make sure that the equipment is age appropriate for your child.
– Make sure that the equipment is well maintained and looked after and is a safe environment for your children to run around and play.
– You might consider looking for a local playground that is built next to a community storm shelter. You can click that link for a company that has an online resource list for playgrounds built next to storm shelters or a storm shelter that has been built next to a community playground.
It is time to play safely in the playground.