Kids Outdoors: Play It Safe!

Playing outside is a wonderful way for children to get the fresh air they need—and a great way for families to spend time together. But there are many household and playtime hazards right in your backyard. Keep it safe and fun with these simple yard safety tips.

Teach children not to play near cars.Car Safety:

  • Teach kids not to play in and around cars.
  • Prevent heatstroke in cars by locking the car when you’re not using it. Make sure all keys and remote entry fobs are out of children’s sight and reach.
  • Show older kids how to locate and use the glow-in-the- dark emergency trunk release, so that they know what to do in case they do become trapped. Before getting into your car, check to make sure there are no children under or behind the car. If children are outside, have them stand away from the car with another adult until you have left the driveway.
  • When possible, park your car so that you can pull forward, instead of having to back out. If you need to back out, check all mirrors, and do so carefully.
  • Try not to use the driveway for play. It is better to find a safe spot for your child that is away from all parked or moving cars.
  • Pick up any toys, bikes, chalk, or other play items near the driveway that could attract children.

Children on bicycles wearing helmets.Bike Safety:

  • Children should ALWAYS wear a helmet when riding, skating or scooting. Make sure you child is wearing the right size helmet, and that the helmet meets the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) standards. Look for the label that states the product is approved by the CPSC.
  • Bring your child with you when shopping for a bike. Buy the bicycle that fits your child now, not one he or she will grow into.
  • Make sure the bicycle’s reflectors are secure, the brakes work well, the gears shift smoothly, and the tires are on tightly and properly inflated.
  • Children younger than 10 should bike only on sidewalks, bike paths or in parks. Only when your children fully understand the traffic rules, should they be allowed to bike in the street.

Give children playing near water your full attention.Water Safety:

  • Drowning can happen in seconds, and in just an inch of water, so give children your full attention, and avoid doing other things at the same time, like reading or talking on the phone, when in and around the pool.
  • Put away all pool toys after kids are done swimming, so young children are not tempted to reach for them.
  • After use, empty inflatable or portable pools, and store upside-down, and out of children’s reach.
  • Install a fence at least 4 feet tall around all sides of the pool, so that it’s enclosed and restricts access. Place self-closing, self-latching locks on all doors and gates that lead to the pool area.
  • Use a pool cover for pools, and a hard cover and lock on all hot tubs.

There’s An App For That!

Nationwide Make Safe Happen AppThis app is owned by Nationwide Children’s Hospital and developed by the safety experts in their Center for Injury Research and Policy. Make your home safer with room-to-room safety checklists and links to recommended products. You can also create to-do lists, set reminders and track your progress.

Content: Nationwide® Make Safe Happen™ ©2015

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