While kids need to explore to learn, they still need supervision when learning a new skill. Kids are unpredictable. Serious injuries don’t have to be.
Adventurous play gives children the chance to learn about possible dangers and how to problem solve. Parents and caregivers have the ability to greatly reduce childhood injuries. Some simple steps can include but are not limited to:
- Playing with young children at the playground and exploring together near water, builds confidence for them to explore on their own as they grow. It also teaches them to understand risks.
- Teach children the importance of protecting their heads with properly fitted helmets when participating in outdoor activities like cycling, skateboarding, skating, skiing and snowboarding. Caregivers are kids’ best role-models, wear a helmet and protect your head too.
- Use properly installed car seats that are appropriate for the child’s age/stage weight and height. Please don’t rush the stages.
- Keep medications locked up and out of reach. Talk to your kids about medication safety.
- Teach your child why we use safety equipment (i.e. safety gates, cupboard locks, faucet covers and electrical outlet covers) in the home.