As spring finally sets in, you’ve likely been eager to let your toddler run off some energy outdoors.Take a few moments to address your backyard to neighborhood playground for safety first. Taking these steps can help ensure safe play:
Ensure that playground equipment is age-appropriate and properly maintained. Look for adequate surfacing under equipment and loose or broken screws on equipment itself.
Check play sets for sharp edges.
Make sure there is adequate cushioning or a mulch bed one-foot think around the base of the play set to soften your toddler’s landings.
Remove any potential hazards, such as firewood, that you may have stored in the backyard during the winter.
Lock exit gates if your backyard in fenced and secure doors to sheds and garages.
Remove hood and neck drawstrings from all children’s outerwear. Never allow children to wear helmets, necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings while on playgrounds.
Teach children proper playground behavior: no pushing, shoving or crowding.
ALWAYS Actively supervise children on playgrounds.