Park Safety – Things To Consider Before Letting Your Kids Go And Explore

Park Safety – Things To Consider Before Letting Your Kids Go And Explore

Park Safety – Things To Consider Before Letting Your Kids Go And Explore

 

I am huge fan of outdoor play year-round and there is nothing me and my family like to do more than go to the park and let boys off their leash…I mean let the kids run loose. Sorry, in our house it can go both ways. Before you let your kids run free there are some precautionary things you can do as a parent to help prevent injuries and maximize fun.

 

Before you let your kids run free there are some precautionary things you can do as a parent to help prevent injuries and maximize fun.

 

The park is a great place for both you and kids to socialize. As a parent, it’s great being able to be with the kids and see friends and fellow parents being physically active. I feel that for my kids running around (as we say in our house get our ‘ickies’ out) is a way to keep them calmer during the quieter times such as bed time and mealtime.

 

As a parent, it’s great being able to be with the kids and see friends and fellow parents being physically active.

 

For our kids, there are so many fun things to do and explore at the park. It is a great way to foster play and social development in children. Here are some tips and tricks for you to help keep your children safe at the park.

 

It starts at home

  • Make sure your kids well rested – if kids are tired they are more likely to hurt themselves just like us
  • Dress your kids appropriately – I am huge fan of layering, if your kids are like ours once they get going they get hot and take off a layer or two
  • Make sure there is no loose clothing around their necks (such as scarves)
  • Do your kids have protection from sun and bugs? Even in these early spring days your kids can get burned. Make sure you protect your kids.
  • Pack some essentials

 

At the park

  • Do a quick walk around the park – make sure there is nothing dangerous lying around. Check the slides, swings, and structures to make sure there is nothing broken.
  • Keep your eyes on your kids. Find a spot that gives you a good view of the whole park.
  • Leverage your social network. Being at the park is also a great time for us parents to chat and socialize. So use your friends to help keep an eye on each other’s kids.
  • Don’t use your cell phone; you’ll be easily distracted from your kids. Check in on your kids regularly, which means wondering over to them if necessary.

 

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Quick tips

  • Dress appropriately and make sure you have the right protection

  • Pack what you need for the time you’ll be away from home

  • Keep an eye on your kids and your friends kids. It takes a village to raise a child.

Dina M. Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEM

About Dina M. Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEM

Dina is a wife, mother and adrenaline junky. She loves to share children’s health information from her professional and personal experience. More About Dr Dina.

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