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October 23, 2017

Playground Safety

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Children love to play on the playground, but they don’t always “play it safe”.
Teaching children the right way to use the playground equipment is up to us, as
parents. Listed below are some suggestions to keep kids from injuring
themselves on the playground, for a tear-free play time that is fun for everyone.

SWING or GLIDER SAFETY:

1. Warn children to stand back from moving swings and gliders that
are in motion. Young children don’t think about how a moving object could hit
them while they are running, and they misjudge the timing of a
moving object as they run by. Kids getting hit by moving swings are one of the
most common injuries on the playground. If they want to use the swing and it is
still moving, just instruct them to approach a moving swing from the side.
Remind them never to run in front of a moving swing or behind it.

2.Don’t allow children to swing objects such as gliders, swings or swinging bars
into the air, when it is not in use. Children at play on the playground don’t
see a moving swing unless someone is in the seat. A child running by can get
hit by the moving swing, even when no one is sitting in it. On the playground,
kids like to push their dolls in the swings or just push them into the air and
watch it go back and forth. This leaves room for an injury.

3.Ask children not to twist the chains of the swings together, left to right.
Small children can easily misjudge how far the twisting will carry down the
chain, and they can pinch their fingers. Parents should also be aware of
old-style swing chains that are not covered in a plastic coating. Small fingers
can get lodged in the chain.

4.Teach children to sit on the swing belts or swing seats with their bottom in
the middle of the seat. Kids love to stand up, sit sideways, lay on their
stomach and anything else you can imagine in the swing seat! The problem occurs
when older kids do these tricks, then the younger ones want to try it too. Be
watchful of the young children trying new things on the play set. A four year
old will not have the same upper-body strength that a 12 year old has, but they
THINK they do!

5. The last warning on the swings, is in relation to getting off of
the swing set. Teach children not to jump off of the swings in mid-air. Young
children under-estimate just how hard they will land, and if they don’t land on
their feet, they are going to slam down on their bottom or hurt their knees.
Kids love to jump off of swings in mid-air, but injuries can happen easily this
way.

CLOTHINGSAFETY:

1.Please make sure that before you take your child to the playground, that they
are dressed correctly. Girls should not be in dresses, or have ribbons in their
hair. Kids should not have pull stings around their neck, scarves, or baggy
clothes. Flip flops are not good on playgrounds, as they can easily trip or get
small rocks in their shoes. Dangling strings and ribbons can be harmful if it
is around a child’s neck.

2.Wearing tennis shoes is preferred on a playground, but any good running shoe
with enclosed toes is a good choice. With open toe shoes, small rocks can get
inside their shoe, or they can trip on tree roots and stub their toe. So, don’t
forget to check the shoes! It will make playtime more fun if they can run with
no worry.

SLIDES

We all know that every kid loves the slide. In fact, they want to go down the
slide and UP the slide, backwards! When children do this, the only danger is
that another child will knock them down when they use the slide. Then, injury
happens as the child gets knocked over and falls out. Warn children not to play
on the slides this way, so that another child doesn’t hurt them.

SEE-SAW

Remind children to keep their hands on top of the see saw at all times! Fingers
can get smashed if they forget to hold on to the bars in front.

MERRY GO ROUND

An injury can occur on a merry go round when children let go while it is
spinning! If you use one, start spinning slowly, and gradually make it faster.
They forget how dizzy it makes them feel, and for some reason, small children
forget to hold on. Don’t spin small children too fast, since they will
sometimes just let go when they want to get off.

MONKEY BARS

Monkey bars don’t usually cause many injuries, but kids can
always find a way. If the child needs help getting on the monkey bars because
of height, be aware that they may need help all the way across, too. Don’t walk
away! Stay with them the whole way across. With small kids, they can get scared
and feel like they are up high, and them fear jumping down. They will hand on
the bar and scream if it scares them, so stay with them until they are done.

 

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