Play it Safe!

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The time to play is today!  Whether spending time at the local park or just hanging around in the backyard, playgrounds can be a fun way for children to develop and grow in addition to burning some never ending energy.  Playgrounds are a fun way to enjoy a sunny day, but can also be very dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. 

April 25-29 is National Playground Safety Week.  The National Program for Playground Safety has four tips to help keep your little ones S.A.F.E. while having fun! Make sure that you actively supervise playtime. Keep your child’s level of development in mind and be sure to only allow them to play on equipment that is Age appropriate, allowing children to play on equipment that is not designed for their age group can lead to potential injury. Whenever possible, make sure that Falls to surface are cushioned and maintained, with materials such as rubber, wood chips or pea gravel.   Lastly, the equipment that children play on should be safe. Report all unsafe equipment to your local recreation and park commission. 

Some additional safety tips to play with are:

  • Never push or roughhouse on the playground.
  • Use playground equipment properly.
  • Do not jump off equipment, climb down slowly and watch for other children.
  • Leave bikes, backpacks and bags away from the equipment and play area so no one trips over them.
  • Do not play on wet equipment, you could slip and fall.
  • Do not wear baggy clothes with strings that can get caught on equipment at the playground.
  • During the summertime, playground equipment may be hot and could burn the skin.
  • Wear sunscreen when playing outside. Try to limit the amount of time spent outside during peak sun intensity hours (10am-3pm).

Do your children play it safe on the playground?  Join hands with Lexlee’s Kids in caring for your kids’ safety.  If you have questions or comments about playground safety, feel free to post here or contact Lexlee’s Kids at www.lexleeskids.org or 225-761-7272 or National Program for Playground Safety at www.playgroundsafety.org.