Safe playground equipment and adult supervision are extremely important, but it’s only half of the equation: Kids must know how to be safe and act responsibly at the playground.
Teach your kids to:
- Never push while on slides, seesaws, gyms, and other equipment.
- Always use the equipment properly by sliding feet first, no standing on swings for seesaws, no jumping off or climbing on guardrails, etc.
- Check for passing children before jumping off slide or equipment.
- Leave bikes, backpacks, and bags away from the equipment and the play area so that no one trips over them.
- Place backpacks and bikes in their appropriate places to avoid tripping or harm.
- Always wear a helmet while bike riding, but take it off while on playground equipment.
- Avoid using the equipment when it is wet. Moisture makes the surface very slippery.
- Check playground equipment in the summertime. It can become uncomfortably or even dangerously hot, especially metal slides, handrails, and steps. So use good judgment — if the equipment feels hot to the touch, it’s probably not safe or fun to play on. Contact burns can occur within seconds.
- Wear clothes that do not have drawstrings or cords. Drawstrings, purses, and necklaces could get caught on equipment and accidentally strangle a child.
- Wear sunscreen when playing outside even on cloudy days to protect against sunburn.