Outdoor Safety

Beautiful summer weather brings children playing outside and families taking camping trips.  Check out the tips below to keep your family safe!

 

Statistics:

 

Falls account for 80 percent of playground injuries, but most playground deaths are caused by strangulation.

 

Approximately 20 percent of playground-related injuries treated in emergency departments occur at home.

 

Keep your children safe while playing outdoors:
 

  • Play areas should be fenced with no doors to roads or bodies of water.
  • Play areas should not have piles of firewood or yard waster that snakes, bugs or other vermin may like. 
  • Play areas should be free of air conditioners, lawn tools, and lawn mowers.
  • Check play areas for poisonous plants.
  • Play equipment should be checked for sharp edges or bolts sticking out. S-hooks on the equipment should be completely closed.
  • Keep pets and trash out of sandboxes.
  • Play areas with surface materials such as shredded rubber, wood chips, and sand can reduce injuries.
  • Do not allow children to wear clothing that could cause strangulation when playing on playground equipment.
  • Explain how to use equipment properly to children.
  • Never leave a small child unattended.

 

Safe Camping Tips:
 

  • Prepare healthy and safe food
         -Pack foods in tight, waterproof bags/containers
         -Keep food in insulated cooler
         -Separate raw foods from cooked foods
         -Cook foods to proper temperature
         -Chill food quickly
  • Practice fire safety
         -Dig or use a small pit away from overhanging branches. 
         -Circle the pit with rocks or use a metal fire ring. 
         -Clear a five-foot area around the pit from things that may start on fire. 
         -Keep a bucket of water and a shovel nearby. 
         -Stack extra wood away from the fire upwind.
         -Do not throw away or get rid of a match until it is cold. 
         -Always have someone watching the fire.
  • Protect children from the sun/heat by:
         -Seeking shade whenever possible
         -Covering up
         -Wearing a hat
         -Wearing sunglasses
         -Applying sunscreen
  • Protect children from bug bites by:
         -Using bug spray.
     
         -Wearing long sleeves and pants when the weather permits.
          -Be aware of peak mosquito hours when the sun rises and sets.
  • Bring first aid supplies for possible blisters, scratches, and other injuries.
  • Bring bottles of water for safe drinking water.
  • Prepare for temperature changes by bringing correct clothing and equipment.
  •  Teach kids how to look for landmarks at campsite and on hikes incase they get lost.
  • Teach kids about plants that cane make them sick by showing them pictures.

 

Community Resources for more information on Outdoor Safety click on the links below:

Source: Safekids.org 

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