The playground is a fun place for most kids. They learn how to socialize and have fun while doing so.
However, the playground can also be an unsafe place and this is largely because safety guidelines may not have been followed. In order for the playground to be safe. You and your kids need to know what contributes to playground safety.
Here is a look at what you need to know.
1. Adult Supervision is Paramount
One of the major ways to ensure safety on the playground is to supervise children. Never get too comfortable when children are outdoors.
Always ensure that you do not get distracted as you watch kids playing. You may be surprised by how fast things can go wrong.
2. Ensure that the Playground is Safe
The playground should have surfaces that have shock absorption. Here is a short list of the things that can aid shock absorption.
- Rubber mats
- Wood chips
- Pea gravel
You should avoid playgrounds that have too much concrete. Make sure that there are guard rails in place to protect children.
When the sun is high make sure that you test surfaces to ensure that they are not too hot. Also check wooden surfaces for splinters before you let your child play.
3. Teach Your Child How to Play Safe
Tell your child about the problems that can happen when they push or shove other children on the playground. Talk with your child about walking near swings and other equipment on the playground that may be in motion.
You should encourage them to learn how to wait for their turn to get on equipment. If you encourage these behaviors at a young age children are more likely to be respectful to other children on a regular basis. This will prevent disputes and other unpleasant occurrences on the playground
4. Age Appropriate Areas for Playground Safety
The reality is that children are better off playing with children their own age on the playground. Ensure that your child is playing in the area that is designated for children their age.
Although it is fun to play with the big kids the risk of getting hurt is greater for your child. Play structures that are designed for older kids tend to require more dexterity and are often higher off the ground.
For this reason alone it is best for your child to stay in the area that has been set aside for children their age.
Playground safety is not hard to achieve as long as you take the time to teach your child appropriate behavior on the playground. You should also ensure that you monitor them closely while they are playing.
You should also let your child know that it is best to stay in areas that have been set aside for their age group. Explain why to your child so that they can understand its importance.
If your child ever has an accident on the playground, please do not hesitate to contact us for urgent care.