Family safety week – staying safe when you’re out
4th April 2019
Children love spending time in the garden or at the park and its a great way for children to play independently or with peers learning new skills. But being outside brings with it lots of new risks and challenges, please read the following for some hints and tips for getting around outside the house and preventing accidents in the big outdoors.
Staying safe whilst travelling
- car seats save lives, use the correct one for your size, height and weight of your child. If you’re not sure read the guidelines here
- Keep them strapped into buggies and regularly check that the brakes work.
- Children under 6 months should ideally lay flat in their prams. Once they can sit up unaided you can change the buggy to an upright position.
- if wearing a baby sling/carrier you should always see the babies face, they should be upright and close enough to kiss.
- keep car/door keys out of reach. Children love to imitate what they have seen their parents do so may ‘practise’ unlocking.
staying safe in the garden
- garden ponds/swimming pools need to be fenced off, covered or even filled in if not in use. 5 children drown in ponds every year so it is very important.
- trampolines must have a net and some of the large trampolines are not suitable for under 6s -bouncing on a trampoline with older children or adults is not advised in case of crushing
- all tools, equipment and chemicals to be kept out of reach or in a locked shed
- check the garden for plants/fruits that could be poisonous
Tomorrows safety post is all about staying safe at playtime.