Safety Tips For Babysitters: Keeping Outdoor Play Areas Safe
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Some of your babysitting time may be spent outdoors when the weather is nice. Outdoor play areas can be fun, but they can cause injury, too. You will need to keep a close eye on the little ones in your care.
Here are some tips to keep children safe at outdoor play areas.
Children are curious and can easily get into trouble on playground equipment. Some common hazards are:
Watch kids closely around hanging rings. Their heads may be small enough to go through the ring, turning it into a choking danger.
All children need to be watched when using play areas. Take some time to look over the playground before you let the kids play on it. This will give you time to learn more about it and the dangers the kids may get into.
Here are some care tips for your next trip:
Be sure to remind the kids of the dangers of:
There may be times when you are watching the kids in or around a swimming pool, wading pool, or spa. Children love water, so take steps to prevent accidents. Drowning can happen very quickly.
Seconds count. In seconds, a child can leave the house and walk to the edge of the pool. In seconds, a child can drown in only a few inches of water. A child can drown in the few seconds taken to answer a telephone in the house.
To help prevent drowning:
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Safe Kids—National Safe Kids Campaign
About Kids Health—The Hospital for Sick Children
Canada Safety Council
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Last reviewed January 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Last Updated: 6/11/2021
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