Tips for Safe Kids this Spring
Make your spring and summer enjoyable
this year by keeping your kids out of the emergency department. Warmer weather
always brings an increase in accidents, but you can beat the odds for sure.
In the yard….
When someone in the yard is operating any kind of
equipment, such as a lawn mower, riding mower or power saw, kids need to stay
out of that area. Make it an established rule that they will stick to. If a
child does walk into a work area, turn off the equipment.
Store ignition keys to power equipment away from the
Ask if the staff have training in CPR and emergency first
aid. If nobody does, advocate for certification.
Make sure your child’s playground is routinely maintained
and inspected by qualified personnel.
Make sure play activities are always overseen by a
If your child participates in sports,
talk to the coach to ensure that:
Children are well-prepared physically and psychologically
to take part in their activities
Appropriate safety equipment is used
There’s an emergency safety plan
Adult supervision is adequate
Children are grouped according to their skill level,
weight and physical maturity, especially during contact sports
You can’t remind kids about safety too
often. Reinforce some of your basic rules, such as:
Not dashing into the street after a ball until they’ve
stopped and looked both ways
Wearing bike helmets—properly—because it’s the law and
because it can prevent serious injury
Staying away from adults they don’t know
Consumer Product Safety Coalition; National Safe Kids Campaign.