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Practical Tips To Keep Kids Safe Outdoors

Help keep your child safe from injury and pain with these simple preventive measures.

Children are naturally curious and love to explore. Even the most dedicated parent cannot keep an eye on their child all the time, so bruises and bumps are part and parcel of childhood. When playing outdoors, if you are unsure about safety, you should check the area yourself. While it is impossible to completely child-proof your home and environment, there are ways to maintain safe and child-friendly surroundings for your child.

Preschoolers
These three- to six-year-olds are very energetic – you might probably wonder if something is wrong when you do not hear a sound from them. They can run and jump, but are still developing self-control and judgement. Hence, accidents can easily happen. Do not underestimate your child’s desire to try everything. Here’s 4 things to do: 

  • Keep window grilles and balcony doors closed and locked with latches.Store flammable items (such as matches, lighters and cigarettes) and sharp objects (like scissors and knives) out of sight.
  • Keep your child out of the kitchen.
  • Turn pan handles inwards and cook using the inside burners, keeping hot pots and their contents out of reach.
  • Teach your child to pack up their toys after a play session.

At The Playground
With these simple guidelines, playgrounds can be excellent places for your child to develop physical and social skills. To reduce the risk of injury:

  • Check that the playground equipment is suitable for the age of your child. Teach your child to be careful and supervise them to prevent serious injuries.
  • Do not dress your child in clothes with drawstrings or cords, in case the strings get caught and pose a danger to the child.
  • Look out for damaged equipment that may pose a danger to children playing at the playground.
  • Teach your child to use handrails and stay within barriers for their own safety.
  • Teach your child to take turns and not push while using swings or slides at the playground.

In The Water 
Even children who know how to swim can have a water-related accident. Always keep an eye on your child when they’re in or near the swimming pools, as well as other bodies of water, such as the sea, canals, rivers and reservoirs. Here are other important tips to follow.

  • Always supervise your child closely when they are in or near water. If you need to leave the area, have another adult be the “designated watcher”, or take your child with you.
  • Do not let your child go into the water during bad weather. If the sky is dark or lightning-streaked, and the lifeguard signals you to get out of the water, do so.
  • Learn CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) and encourage your spouse to do so as well. Do not depend on swim floats or water wings. These are not lifesaving devices.
  • Teach your child not to run or play near the pool.
  • Remind your child to walk carefully around pool areas. Know where the lifeguards and safety aids are.
  • Enrol your child in swimming classes, but do not assume that they are safe just because they have learnt how to swim. Follow safety rules and signs.
  • Teach your child water safety and water survival skills before letting them participate in open water (the sea and other non-pool) activities.
  • Ensure that your child has the right safety equipment like lifejackets on all the time.

What are some other practical safety tips you have for other parents? Leave us a comment down below.

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