The backyard offers a world of fun for children. Playgrounds offer even more
chances for adventure. But the fun can end abruptly when someone gets hurt.
That’s one reason the American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents to
supervise children’s outdoor play, even at home.
To protect your kids from injuries, keep these backyard and playground
safetytips in mind.
Backyard safety basics
Start by giving your backyard a once-over:
Check to see that your fences are sturdy and in good...
dive into unknown bodies of water. Jump feet first.
Don't push or
jump on others while in the water.
Be prepared for an emergency.
Instruct children on getting help from an adult or calling
Don't let your child use inflatable swimmingaids
(such as "water wings") without constant supervision. They can deflate or a
child can slip out of them. Also, children can develop habits using
these devices that can put them at risk for drowning. For example, a child who
frequently uses water wings may learn to jump into a pool on impulse. He or she
may do so while not wearing the devices, before having a chance to think about
As a parent, learn to swim if you do not already know how.
Also, learn swimming survival and rescue techniques.
If you enroll your child in swim lessons, remember that swim lessons will not necessarily prevent drowning. Swim lessons may give you and your child a false sense of security and make you both less cautious around water. Be sure that your child swims only when a watchful adult is present.2
National Safety Council (2009). Water safety. National Safety Council Fact Sheet. Available online: http://www.nsc.org/news_resources/resources/documents/water_safety.pdf.
Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics (2010). Policy statement: Prevention of drowning. Pediatrics, 126(1): 178-185.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
November 30, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 30, 2010
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