Health Tip: Teach Kids Playground Safety
-- The playground is a place for fun and a good time, but your kids can get hurt if they don't practice basic playground safety.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:
- Children should only play on the playground when equipment is dry, and while wearing sturdy, well-fitted shoes.
- When playing on a slide, children should slide down one at a time, and always feet first. Move away from the slide as soon as they reach the bottom.
- Kids should grab onto hand rails for support, and take care when climbing stairs.
- Children should be cautious around swings to avoid getting hit, and never stand up while swinging. Wait until the swing stops before getting off.
Posted: October 2010
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