Fall Prevention for Big Kids
Even when little kids grow bigger, their motor skills are still developing. Bumps and bruises will happen, but we want to avoid the more serious injuries. Here are a few tips that will help.
Top Safety Tips
- Don't let kids play on high porches, decks, stairs or balconies. Seems obvious, but it's still important to note.
- Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire.
- Don't let children climb on furniture or use drawers or shelves as steps.
- Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts, brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps to prevent tip-overs.
- Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips or mulch. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.
- It's important that kids have the freedom to be creative and push their limits. That means wearing a helmet for appropriate activities such as biking or snowboarding to prevent a head injury that can ruin the fun down the road.
- Consider anti-slip rugs for the floors in your home, and mats or decals in the bathtub or shower to help prevent dangerous falls.