The kids are back to school, the leaves are beginning to change colors and the breeze is a bit more crisp than the previous weeks. Autumn has arrived and the colder days – for most of us – are not far behind.
Staying motivated to get outdoors with the busier schedules can be daunting, but take this as a friendly reminder that the nice days are dwindling, and every child deserves to spend them outside on the playground!
As the temperatures begin to fall, International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association and the Voice of Play want to point out a few safety tips before sending your kids out to play:
- Beware of clothing hazards, such as scarves, hood strings and boot laces. Playground equipment is manufactured with these risks in mind, but it is always an extra precaution to remove these hazards altogether.
- Check for slippery or wet surfaces, especially ladders and slides.
- Bring along water to stay hydrated. Even though the sun may not be blazing and the humidity has lessened, the drier air actually causes kids to lose more water through their breath.
- Check in often. Children will get so involved in their playtime that they might not notice their wet jackets or their cold fingers.
Don’t let the changing of the seasons prevent you from exploring the great outdoors! Remember these few tips and enjoy safe playtime with your kids in any type of weather.
Keeping kids safe, warm and dry while enjoying the cooler weather is the number one priority.
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