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Safety Check: Tips for Watching Over Your Kids during Playtime

All kids need a certain amount of play and exercise. Because of this, it’s important to make sure that they play safely. Parents should always be alert and aware of where their kids are and what they’re doing. There are certain things you can do to safeguard your kids and reduce the risk of them suffering injuries while playing.

Water Safety

Swimming pools and beaches can provide kids with many hours of fun. You should, however, always make sure they are supervised at all times. Kids should learn to only swim with a partner nearby. If you have a swimming pool, make sure that it has a fence with a lock around it to prevent younger kids from wandering into it. Suction from drains of pools and hot tubs can cause injuries and drowning. One way to reduce this risk is to install multiple drains in pools. Both parents and older kids should learn CPR skills.

Sports Safety

Sports can enhance a child’s life and encourage values such as teamwork. In order to ensure that kids participate safely, it’s a good idea to make sure they get a physical exam before joining a team. Make sure that they know the importance of always wearing appropriate safety equipment at all times. Kids should always stay hydrated when taking part in strenuous sports, so make sure they always have a source of drinking water nearby. It’s also important to see that kids get sufficient rest and breaks in between sporting activities.

Parks and Playgrounds

When taking your kids to the park or playground, be sure to inspect the area. Make sure there is nothing hazardous on the ground, such as broken glass or anything slippery. Inspect any equipment kids may use to make sure it’s not broken. If your child is injured at a public park, you should contact a lawyer. For instance, a Fresno personal injury attorney knows that a faulty product will injure you or put you in harm’s way. Getting more information about what happened would be the next step in putting together a case, if that is needed. Learning who exactly is responsible is something that would be important to find out.

Bikes, Skates, Skateboards, and Hoverboards

Kids have long enjoyed riding bikes and roller skates. Skateboards and more recently, hoverboards have become trendy. For all of these items, make sure that kids are wearing a safety helmet at all times. They should only go skating or skateboarding in designated areas and never near traffic. When it comes to bicycles, it’s crucial that the bike be the right size for the child. Parents should inspect these devices to make sure they’re in good working order. When they’re old enough, kids should learn to do safety checks themselves to make sure gears, wheels, and brakes are all working properly.

These are a few tips that can help to keep kids safe while they’re having fun. You should stay informed about your kids’ latest interests so you can supervise them and make sure they’re following safety guidelines. You won’t always be able to prevent every scratch and bruise, but if you’re vigilant you can help your kids avoid more serious injuries.

Tim Esterdahl

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