Bringing your children to the park is a wonderful way for them to explore their natural sense of curiosity and get some fresh air. However, as a parent, you need to be aware of any dangers that might be faced while there. Here are five ways to keep your children safe at the park.
For younger children (around 5 and younger), you should be with them every step of the way at the park and make sure that you’re as close together as possible. For older children, you can let them play with a bit less restriction, but you should still have an eye on them. It could just take a moment that you’re not looking for something to happen.
Have a First Aid Kit
Children are bound to get into mishaps from time to time, and the park is, unfortunately, a place where bumps and scrapes can happen. It’s imperative to have a first aid kit with things like bandages and rubbing alcohol should your children get hurt while playing. You should also be aware of when they might need serious medical attention.
Go During the Day
It’s generally agreed that the best time to go to the park (or outdoors) in general, is during daytime hours. It’s just much more inviting, given how much brighter out it is compared to at nighttime. You also reduce the risk of encountering unsavory individuals who could pose a danger to yourself and your children. It’s always best to be at the park in the brighter hours of the day.
Beware of Dogs
Dogs are bound to be at parks, and they can be lots of fun for your children to interact with. However, according to Brauns Law, there are nearly 4.5 million people who are bitten by a dog each year, and 20 percent of those need medical attention. Your children can have a good relationship with dogs, but it’s important that you teach them to interact with dogs safely. Teach them how to tell if a dog is inviting or threatening and make sure they know things like how to properly pet a dog. Most importantly, make sure they know that they absolutely must ask permission from the owners.
Have Good Shoes
There can be unforeseen dangers all around parks, even ones that seem clean. You want your child to have quality footwear in order to protect them from things like broken bottles and other sharp objects. Make sure that their shoes are well-kept and not in danger of falling apart anytime soon.
We hope this has given you a great idea of how to keep your children safe at the park. You want their park experience to be as much fun as possible. With these tips, you can make sure that happens.