Playing outside is important as it helps with a child’s development and well-being. It also provides exercise. Watching your child while they are playing in the backyard is important, because backyards can be full of dangers. You can prevent injuries by making sure the yard is safe for kids.
Dangers in the backyard may involve play equipment, swimming pools, barbeques, lawnmowers, and poisonings.
Proper supervision, safe environments, hazard awareness, and participating in age-appropriate activities all help reduce the risk of injury to children in their own or in someone else’s backyard.
To help manage risks in the backyard: Look First and Get Trained.
Supervising a child during play can help prevent injury. Supervision is recommended until the child reaches 12 years of age.
Here are some tips:
Stay close enough that you can take action if needed. Stay alert, pay close attention, and anticipate hazards
Do not use backyard trampolines. Jumping on the trampoline is a high risk activity with the potential for significant injury to children and youth. Alberta Health Services and The Canadian Pediatric Society recommend that parents not buy or use trampolines at home (including cottages and summer residences) for children and youth.
The risk of the trampoline is in the use of the trampoline. Parents may think that safety nets, most often sold with trampolines to prevent people from falling off, will reduce this risk, but in reality, fewer than 30% of trampoline injuries are caused by children falling off the trampoline.
Lawn darts are banned in Canada. Properly discard or destroy all lawn darts immediately.
Safe playground surfaces include loose fill materials like gravel, natural rock, sand, and rubber crumb, as well as unitary manufactured materials like pour-in-place. Grass and dirt are
NOT safe playground surfaces.
Injuries are not accidents…they are predictable and preventable!
Current as of: March 13, 2017
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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