Health and Safety Tips for Playground Reopening
Covid 19 restrictions have led to playgrounds across the nation being closed for over a year. It’s been a long year, but finally, playgrounds are beginning to reopen across the country. Playgrounds are a great way for kids to get exercise and fresh air, but it is important to follow these guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety. By following these simple rules, we can all enjoy the playground while keeping each other safe.
1. Wash hands
Before going to the playground, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This will help to remove any germs that could be transferred to playground equipment.
Here are the steps on properly washing your hands:
1. Wet your hands with clean, running water.
2. Add soap to your hands.
3. Rub your hands together to create suds.
4. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
5. Rinse your hands well with clean water.
6. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
2. Sanitize playground equipment
When you get to the playground, use a disinfecting wipes to clean off any playground equipment that your child will be using. Wipe down handles, seats, and any other areas that your child may come in contact with. Be sure to let the wipes sit on the surface for at least 20 seconds before wiping them off.
If there are no disinfecting wipes available, you can use a 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Apply the sanitizer to a paper towel and then wipe down the playground equipment. Let the sanitizer dry completely before allowing your child to play on the equipment.
3. Supervise children
It is important to supervise children while they are playing on playground equipment. This will help to prevent any accidents from happening. If you see a child behaving in a way that could be unsafe, intervene and stop the behavior.
4. Teach children to not share playground equipment
Children should be taught not to share playground equipment with other children. This includes things like swings, slides, and monkey bars. Sharing playground equipment can increase the spread of germs.
5. Encourage children to use their own toys
Children should bring their own toys to the playground instead of using ones that are already there. This will help to prevent the spread of germs. If children must share toys, be sure to disinfect them before and after use.
6. Be prepared for emergencies
It is important to be prepared for emergencies when you are at the playground. Be sure to bring a first aid kit with you in case anyone gets hurt. It is also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the playground’s emergency procedures.
7. Keep kids home if sick
If your child is feeling sick or has any symptoms of illness, it’s best to keep them at home. This will help to prevent the spread of illness to other children. If sick children have been recently playground, be sure to disinfect the playground equipment.
8. Teach your child safety rules
Before going to the playground, teach your child the safety rules. Remind them not to run, push, or shove on the playground. explain how to use playground equipment safely.
9. Social distancing
Even though playgrounds are open, it’s still important to practice social distancing. Stay six feet away from other families while on the playground. When possible, choose a playground that isn’t too crowded.
10. In case of injury
If your child does get hurt on the playground, be sure to clean and disinfect the wound right away. If it’s a serious injury, seek medical attention immediately.
11. Avoid touching your face
Playground equipment can be covered in germs, so it’s important to avoid touching your face while on the playground. If you do need to touch your face, be sure to wash your hands first.
12. Monitor your children closely
Stay close by and watch your children while they play. This will help you to make sure they’re using playground equipment safely.
13. Be prepared for allergies
If your child has allergies, be sure to pack their medication with you when you go to the playground. In case of an allergic reaction, you’ll want to have the medication on hand.
14. Wear face masks
It’s important to wear face masks when you’re on the playground. Face masks will help to protect you and your child from germs. Be sure to bring extra face masks in case one gets lost or dirty.
15. Cover coughs and sneezes
Teach your child to cover their coughs and sneezes with their elbow or a tissue. If they don’t have a tissue, they can cough into their sleeve. Discard used tissues in a trash can.
Playgrounds are now open again across the country, but it is important to follow health and safety guidelines to prevent the spread of germs. playground equipment should be disinfected before and after use, children should not share toys, and adults should monitor children closely. If your child is feeling sick, it is best to keep them at home. The above guidelines will help to ensure that you and your child have a safe and enjoyable experience at the playground.