Backyard summer safety tips
Even though kids love backyard slides, they can cause parents to be just a bit concerned about their safety. If you are considering a slide for your backyard, here are a few simple safety tips to keep in mind.
It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt so use slides correctly by going feet first. The hurt potential goes way up when kids start going down the slide headfirst. The only safe way to go down a slide is feet first, sliding on your seat.
Go down, not up. Even though slides are meant to slide down, kids love to try to go up to them as well which can easily lead to a bloody nose. It is best to enforce the down-only rule. Even more dangerous is when one kid is trying to climb the ramp, and another comes sliding down, which definitely won't end well.
Ensure that the slide is age-appropriate. There are quite a few different types of slides available, and not all slides are right for all ages. Your two-year-old may not quite be ready for the steep twisty slide. When you start planning to buy a slide, make sure your kids will be able to enjoy it without being afraid of it.
Avoid purchasing metal slides. Not only do they not have any "give" if a child falls on it, but the metal can also become uncomfortably hot on sunny summer days. On cold days, uncoated metal slides can freeze to a child's skin, causing severe pain and skin damage. Plastic slides are a much more accommodating choice to make.
Make sure children take turns. Staying safe on the slide means that only one child should go down at a time. It may seem like a lot of fun to form a human train down the slide, but it is rather risky. Teach the children to take turns, and the slide activity will stay the way it is supposed to be safe and fun.
Watch out at the top, and get off at the bottom. Slides are a bit like crossing the street. The child needs to look before sliding. Encourage your child to make sure that the bottom of the slide is clear before sliding down. After the child gets to the bottom, they should move out of the way so the next one can go.
Choose your free pond style. If you would like to match the architecture of your house, then a formal pond is probably your choice. Formal pond examples can be found in palaces and monuments both old and new. If you are looking for something more natural that will blend with the environment and your garden, then natural ponds are your choice. Informal ponds will imitate nature's rivers and lakes with sand shores and lots of vegetation. The most important issue here is to keep your pond in harmony with your backyard design.
Kids just want to play, and not try to remember a list of rules and regulations about backyard slides. However, to make sure everyone has a good time and stays safe, paying attention to how the kids are playing is essential.