Put in place some simple safety rules for outside play and family outings
It may seem a little boring but having some safety rules that you agree with your family for when you and they are out and about may stop a drama turning into a crisis.
The thing about things going wrong, they happen when you are least expecting them.
Making sure you are well prepared
Keep the following rules in mind when you take the kids out for the day, whether it is to the beach, countryside, or trip to the park.
- Always take a First Aid Kit to deal with cuts bruises and stings.
- A whistle is a really good idea to have with you. This can be the signal for everyone to come back immediately.
How to avoid children becoming lost or separated
- Have a “Buddy”. Remember Toy Story and the “Moving Buddys”. Each person teams up with another and is responsible for making sure they are together. As a family of six this has worked very well for ensuring people don’t get lost or left behind.
- Agree on a central meeting place where you can all gather together if you should lose each other.
- Never ever let your children play unsupervised around water – even if they can swim. Many accidents with water happen with children who are quite good swimmers and perhaps a little too confident.
- Remind the children not to talk to strangers.
- Don’t let a group of children become too widely dispersed. You will have the devils own job rounding them all up – and counting them in.
Make sure someone is in charge
- Be clear about who is in charge. Otherwise you can have that familiar conversation which goes along the lines “But I thought they were with you”
- Don’t allow small children to use sharp tools unsupervised
- Tell the children never to eat wild foods unless they are with a knowledgeable adult who has told them it is safe to do so
- Hands should always be washed after playing outside
- If playing on a beach or in a local park never throw stones or hard balls near other people. This is probably the biggest cause of minor injuries on beaches
- Always take your litter home –and especially anything sharp. Our daughter was really badly cut on the beach by a bit of old BBQ metal she fell on in the sand dunes. And sadly she still bares the scars.
If you adopt these safety rules when you are out with the kids it will help to keep you kids safe and you all have fun.