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Children Safety Outdoors

How to keep safe your children playing outdoors

It takes some serious thought and work to protect your children indoors by childproofing your home. But letting your children play outside requires even more proper considerations and evaluations of potentially hazardous areas.

Children at play outdoors

What makes the “great outdoors” so great? The fresh air is great. The plants and animals are interesting. The sense of freedom is exhilirating. Children in particular can and do enjoy the great outdoors. What can be a greater fun than exploring the open spaces when you're young and eager to learn!? But parents must take several measures to ensure their children safety while playing outdoors. This also should include 'children at play' signs, especially if your house is facing the street directly, to further guarantee their safety.

Children playing on beach
Beach in particular is an exciting outdoor area for both children and families to enjoy. But the close proximity of the sea water and the restless waves require a constant parental watch over the children playing to ensure their safety.

Dangers to children playing outdoors

Dangers to children at play outdoors can exist right outside a home’s front or back door. On porches, balconies and decks, railings should be close enough to prevent children from getting their head caught, or from them sliding through. Exits and stairs should be blocked off, to prevent falls. Not to mention making sure that there are no rickety old railings or fences. Any exposed rusty or otherwise spikes should also be removed or well covered.

Next, when children play in the front or back yards, limit their play regions outdoors, and fence it in, if possible. Additionally, children should only ride toys in safe areas such as sidewalks, and under no circumstances in the street. Children at play signs can further protect kid drivers from adult drivers. But don't rely on the signs alone - just keep an eye on them.

Make sure playground equipment is safe for children
Ensure your children's safety when playing outdoors by checking the equipment they use and keeping an eye of them.  (Image by Pixabay.com)

Check your children playground equipment

In addition to areas directly around the house, child safety should also be maintained in other locations. Inspect your child’s playground equipment, to ensure that repairs are not required. Furthermore, place woodchips, mulch, or sand underneath swing sets. Above all, watch your child play - if you sense a particular danger to your child on the playground, take steps to ensure it doesn't happen. Children should be free to enjoy playing in their little world; it's parents' job to watch them over and ensure they're safe.

Ensure the pool safety

Next, when at the pool, never leave a child unattended nearby water. Keep toys, chairs and tables far from the pool. Also, permanent pools can be fenced in, and gates with automatic locks and high latches, can be installed to protect children at play. Mastering CPR could also be useful, to prepare for any emergencies at the pool.

Father having fun with his sons in the swimming pool
No matter how old your child is, your should never leave it alone by the water, especially swimming pool. Join in the fun or watch them. (Image: Pixabay.com)

Child garden and lawn safety

While we might expect manmade objects and places to present dangers to children at play, ironically plants and plant-related materials can also create safety hazards for kids. Read literature to learn about which plants are poisonous. In the case that your child eats a poisonous plant, remove the bits from his mouth and then contact a poison control center, to get additional guidance.

Next, keep pesticides and fertilizers stored in safe locations, and keep children away when these products are being used. Furthermore, keep lawnmowers and other garden and lawn equipment locked away in a shed. Finally, keep children at a distance when using these tools.

Watch over them

Like adults, children too enjoy the benefits that the great outdoors have to offer. Your job as a parent is to give them space to play, but first take all necessary safety precautions to ensure that the area remains great and a lot of fun for them. But even when you take all safety precautions that you can think of, always remember that children can be incredibly "creative" when it comes to getting into trouble. The best precaution you can take is keeping an eye on them.

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