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Simple Tips to Keep Your Child Safe at the Park This Summer

By Whirl Construction (396 words)
Posted in Commercial Playgrounds on June 17, 2016

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Summer sun’s out and it’s time for fun! The park is the perfect spot for your little one to explore, grow, laugh, and smile. We want to keep them out of harm’s way when they’re out in this different environment though, so we’ve rounded up some simple tips to keep them safe while they’re getting their play in.

Make sure they’re wearing SPF30+ sunscreen and a hat

It’s hot out there! Make sure that you’re taking your child’s sun safety seriously – sun burn is no joke, and can cause lasting damage, especially at such a young age. Ensure you’ve slathered on the SPF30+ sunscreen, paying extra attention to the areas that cop the most sun (the forehead, nose, back of the neck, and tops of the ears). Add a hat and you’re good to go!

Don’t let your child tackle new playground equipment alone

If you’re at a park with playground equipment that your child hasn’t encountered before, make sure that you take the time to explore it together. Letting your child loose on equipment they haven’t used before is a surefire way to end up with bumps, scrapes, and tears.

Actively supervise your child on the playground

While you don’t have to climb up on equipment with them, unless it’s really required, you need to actively supervise your child while they’re playing, at least up until preschool level. Active supervision mans that you’re not chatting or texting on your phone, or taking a quick minute to close your eyes and relax in the sunshine, it’s keeping your eyes on them at all times.

Choose playgrounds with fences

Toddlers especially are known runners! Playgrounds that are fenced in often make it easier to do active supervision, especially if you have more than one child in your care at the time. This way, no one can go missing!

Watch out for dogs

Parks are great places for kids to play, and also great places to take your dogs for a walk! Now while most dogs are friendly as punch, others are a little unsure around children, and some can bite. While we all hope that these people will keep their dogs at home, or on a leash and muzzled, we can’t always be sure when it comes to those random dogs in the park. Naturally, your child wants to play! It’s better to teach your child early on that you only approach dogs that you know.

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