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Taking It To The Streets: How Kids Can Safely Have Fun In The Sun

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By mia bolaris-forget

With this week and next being the last days of school for many, for many that spells "Freedom" and "Fun In The Sun".
But For others that could spell "Danger" or "Injury" if parents and kids aren't aware of how to stay safe in the great outdoors.
Here are a few suggestions for safely enjoying the warmer weather and the great outdoors.

Playground Protocol:

*Make sure the playground is properly padded with safety-tested mats or loose-fill materials (such as shredded rubber, sand, wood chips, or bard) that is at least nine-inches in thickness and is installed at least six feet (more for swings and slides) in all direction from the equipment.
* Inspect equipment making sure it is carefully kept and maintained. Look for open "S" hooks or jutting bolt ends, which can be dangerous.
* Look for swings made of soft materials such a rubber, plastic or canvas.
* Do not let your child or children attach ropes, leashes or other such items to park equipment since they can easily strangle themselves during innocent play.
*Make sure metal equipment such as slides are "cool" to prevent children getting "burned" at play.

Biking Basics:

* It's best to pick out a bicycle WITH your child so he or she can "try it out" and have a say in "how it feels". Remember, it's better that your child has a "comfortable" bike than one that simply looks good.
* Make sure the bike you buy is the right size....and not one your child has to grow into. Note that oversized bikes can be especially dangerous.
* Make sure you invest in a helmet for your child, even if he or she only rides in the neighbourhood...and keep in mind that most accidents and boo-boos occur close to home.
* Make sure the safety gear you buy has a label that certifies it meets the CPSC safety standard.
* Make sure the helmet fits properly, sitting level on the head and not tipped to either side, forward or backward. Also make sure the strap is properly secured and in place preventing the helmet from moving while your child is riding....use sizing pads if necessary for a better fit.

Skateboards, Scooters, Rollerblades and Heelys

*Make sure kids are out of the reach of traffic.
*Skateboarders and Scooter riders should always wear a helmet and other protective gear including knee and wrist guards.
* Make sure your child is boarding or blading on designated path or rinks and not out on the street.

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