Playground Safety for Little Kids
The playground is a great escape for kids and adults (we recommend a big game of monster tag). This is also the age where kids can really start to enjoy most of the equipment. While not all playgrounds are designed with toddlers in mind, there is always something you can do to keep your little kid safe.
Top Safety Tips
- Actively supervise children on playgrounds. It won’t be hard – they’ll probably be calling for you to watch them climb, jump and swing.
- Teach children that pushing, shoving or crowding while on the playground can be dangerous. Be tough now and you won’t have to worry about it later (easier said than done, we know).
- Check playgrounds where your children play. Look for age-appropriate equipment and hazards, such as rusted or broken equipment and dangerous surfaces. Report any hazards to the school or appropriate local office.
- Little kids can play differently than big kids. It is important to have a separate play area for children under 5.
- Dress appropriately for the playground. Remove necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard. Even helmets can be dangerous on a playground, so save those for bikes.