Most of my days I am with children. I want them to explore life to its fullest capacity, but there seem to always be a few reminders we go over on the daily to keep each other safe. Here are my best tips to prevent injuries to children.
- Moving while eating isn’t an option – whatever is considered their chair indoors or out is where they sit until all food is fully consumed
- Due to the increase of glass and needles at beaches – footwear needs to be worn
- If you do a lot of hiking make sure to understand if there are any plants, berries, or bugs that you need to be aware of. A few examples are ticks, devils club, foxglove, and stinging nettle. Children are curious and want to touch everything.
- Teach your children about what to do if a dog comes at them
- Be bear aware – do you and your children know what to do if you encounter a bear? Do you carry spray?
- When you hike, does someone know where you are? You need to carry food, water, and first aid supplies.
- Water safety – children that cannot swim should wear lifejackets
- Do you go over road safety with your children, if your children ride bikes have you taught them the biking hand signals, everyone biking should wear helmets.
- If you are separated from your child in nature, at the park, or in the mall, do they know what to do? Does your child know their home phone number?
I hope these topics have sparked reminders to start a conversation between you and your children.
MaryAnna Robbins CSEP-CPT, OFC RHEP – Group Exercise, Resistance Trainer, Yoga Fitness, Pilates Mat Fitness