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Spring is here!
Warm, sunny days are wonderful. It's great to get outside and exercise. Here are some safety tips & things to be aware of while you are out enjoying the weather:
Spring is in the air, and so are allergies, which can cause your child to have a clear runny or stuffy nose, itchy and watery eyes, and a cough, especially when he or she has spent a lot of time outside. Keeping your windows closed and running the air conditioner can help reduce pollen counts indoors and make breathing a little easier.
Wear a helmet.
Ride on the right side, with traffic.
Use appropriate hand signals.
Respect traffic signals.
Bounce House Safety Guide for Parents:
Follow all the recommended guidelines for safe installation including anchoring. The bounce house should be situated away from any fences, greenhouses, branches, etc., which would be dangerous should a child fall onto them.
Kids should take off footwear, eyeglasses, and jewelry before getting on the set.
Take any sharp objects (pens, keys) out of their pockets/hands before playing (they could easily cause puncture injuries).
Do not let children of significantly different sizes onto the bounce house at the same time. Smaller kids are at risk of injury from colliding with or falling under an older child.
Food, drink, bottles, glasses etc. should not be taken onto the bounce house.
Supervision should be maintained all the time. If supervision cannot be maintained, the bounce house should be deflated and moved away. Supervision means watching constantly and not just being in the area!
Follow the advice given on the maximum number of children permitted at any one time and let them on and off in a controlled manner.
Children should not be allowed to climb onto the outside walls. Flips and rough play should also not be allowed.
Here are some suggestions for keeping your yard safe for children:
If you don’t have a fenced yard, teach your child the boundaries within which she should play. Always have a responsible person supervise outdoor play.
Check your yard for dangerous plants. Among preschoolers, plants are a leading cause of poisoning. If you are unsure about any of the plants in your yard, call your local Poison Help Line (1–800–222–1222) and request a list of poisonous plants common to your area. If you have any poisonous plants, either replace them or securely fence and lock that area of the yard away from your child.
Teach your child never to pick and eat anything from a plant, no matter how good it looks, without your permission. This is particularly important if you let her help out in a vegetable garden where there’s produce that could be eaten.
If you use pesticides or herbicides on your lawn or garden, read the instructions carefully. Don’t allow children to play on a treated lawn for at least forty-eight hours.
Don’t use a power mower to cut the lawn when young children are around. The mower may throw sticks or stones with enough force to injure them. Never have your child on a riding mower even when you are driving. It is safest to keep young children indoors while the lawn is being mowed.
When you cook food outdoors, screen the grill so that your child cannot touch it, and explain that it is hot like the stove in the kitchen. Store propane grills so your child cannot reach the knobs. Be sure charcoal is cold before you dump it.
Never allow your child to play unattended near traffic, and do not allow her to cross the street by herself, even if it is just to go to a waiting school bus.