The very first playground was built in 1859 in a park in Manchester, England. The original purpose of a playground was to instruct children on how to play correctly. Although modern-day playgrounds have received a sizeable upgrade, many have elements that aren’t as conducive to children’s safety.
There are several factors that come into play as you seek the safety of your children. Use the following 5 tips to ensure that your kids stay safe as they maneuver through the obstacles of the playground.
Although telling adults to properly supervise their children seems obvious, it’s very easy to get distracted. Maintain proximity to your child and keep your eyes on them as much as possible. Be aware of bullying from other kids as well as strangers that just seem to be “hanging out” at the playground.
Although playgrounds have gone through numerous changes since the late 19th century, they aren’t usually well-maintained. Take a look at the equipment and make sure it is secure. Look for rusted metal, splintered or rotting wood, and broken pieces on items such as the slide and stairs.
The area in which your kids will be running—and more than likely falling—will need to be soft as well as thick enough to protect them from injury. Concrete, asphalt, dirt, and even grass are unsuitable surfaces for a playground.
Rather, look for playgrounds that use wood chips, rubber shreds, or sand. Also, look for dangerous debris such as broken glass and metal shards.
As you very well know, kids are inventive and creative. They will usually try anything at least once which may involve doing something dangerous. It’s important to teach them how to use equipment such as slides, seesaws, swings, and rope bridges properly.
Telling them not to stand on the seesaw or climb up the slide as you drive to the playground gives you the opportunity to explain why it’s dangerous.
More than likely, your child is going to experience some cuts, bumps, and bruises while on the playground. Make sure you bring along a first-aid kit in order to attend to any injuries during playtime.
Always carry your cell phone with you in case an emergency call needs to be placed due to a serious accident. Cuts and scars are cool but not if they get infected. Make sure you are prepared for the worst possible scenario.