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Sep 13

Playground Safety

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 3:52 PM by Charlene Webster

Did you know...

The National Safety Council Offers Back to School Safety Tips


Playground Safety

Soft surface

Because nearly 80 percent of playground injuries are caused by falls to the ground, improper surfacing is the first thing parents should watch for when inspecting a playground. Wood chips, mulch, wood fibers, sand, pea gravel, shredded tires and rubber mats cushion falls well — better than those with grass or dirt surfaces. Avoid playgrounds with concrete surfaces, as they are too hard. The surface material should be at least 12 inches in depth and 6 feet around each piece of playground equipment.


Swings

Swings are the pieces of moving equipment that are most likely to cause injuries to children. Metal or wooden seats should be replaced with soft seats. Swings should be set far enough away from other equipment so that children won't be hit by a moving swing. Only two swings should be in each supporting framework, and they should be at least 24 inches apart. Full - bucket seats are recommended for younger children. Half - bucket seats are dangerous because babies and toddlers can slide out of them.


Smooth sliding

Slides should be well - anchored, have firm handrails and good traction on the steps. There should be no gaps between the slide and the platform, and teach children to sit before going down. Teach children to slide down rather than walk up the slide. Another great danger with slides occurs when drawstrings on children's clothes get caught at the top of the slide, so select play clothes without drawstrings or loose pieces that can get caught.


Safe seesaws and merry-go-rounds

Spring-loaded seesaws are best for young children. Avoid adjustable seesaws with chains because children can crush their hands under the chains. A traditional seesaw should have a tire or some other object under the seat to keep it from hitting the ground. Merry-go-rounds, or "whirls" or "roundabouts," are best for school-age children. They should have hand grips, and the rotating platform should be level, free of sharp edges and have adequate clearance to prevent crushing or severing limbs.


Climb carefully

More children are injured falling off climbing equipment or horizontal ladders than anything else on the playground. Children under 4 should only play on this equipment with adult assistance and supervision. Watch older children when they're climbing, check that steps and handrails are in good condition and make sure a guardrail or barrier surrounds raised platforms. Any climbing ropes should be secured at the top and bottom. The number of injuries caused by monkey bars is so significant that many experts recommend that they be removed from all playgrounds.

Sep 09

Bus Safety

Posted on September 9, 2016 at 1:09 PM by Charlene Webster

Did You Know...

The National Safety Council Offers Back to School Safety Tips

Riding the bus to school

Getting on the school bus

  • When the bus arrives, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb.

  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road until you are five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus. Then you can cross the street.

  • Be sure the bus driver can see you and you can see the bus driver.
  • Never walk behind the bus.

  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up first because the driver may not be able to see you.

Behavior on the bus

  • When on the bus, find a seat and sit down. Loud talking or other noise can distract the bus driver and is not allowed.

  • Never put head, arms or hands out of the window.

  • Keep aisles clear — books or bags are tripping hazards and can block the way in an emergency.

  • Before you reach your stop, get ready to leave by getting your books and belongings together.

  • At your stop, wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat, then walk to the front door and exit, using the handrail.

Getting off the school bus

  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk at least ten feet ahead of the bus along the side of the road until you can turn around see the driver.

  • Make sure the bus driver can see you.

  • Wait for a signal from the driver before beginning to cross.

  • When the driver signals, walk across the road keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes.

  • Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver has signaled that it is safe for you to begin walking.

  • Stay away from the wheels of the bus at all times.
Sep 07

Biking to School Safely

Posted on September 7, 2016 at 11:45 AM by Charlene Webster

Did You Know...

The National Safety Council Offers Back to School Safety Tips

Biking to School

  • Make sure that your helmet fits correctly. The helmet should fit low on your forehead so that two fingers fit between it and your eyebrows. Another way to check is to put the helmet on your head and look up. If you can’t see your helmet, it is too far back.

  • To ride safely, you need to know the rules of the road. If you don’t, then you should not ride in traffic or without an adult.

  • Ride on the right side of the road or trail in a single file line in the same direction as other vehicles and come to a complete stop before crossing streets.
  • Wait for a driver’s signal before crossing the street.

  • Riding at night can be dangerous. If you have to ride your bicycle at night, you should ride with an adult. You should have a white light on the front of your bicycle and a red reflector on the back. You also can get lights and reflective materials to put on your shoes, helmet and clothing.

  • Practice makes you more skilled at riding your bicycle. The more skilled you are at riding, the less likely you will be to crash. Practice riding skills in an empty parking lot or a place with no traffic. Practice such things as riding in a straight line, looking over your shoulder, signaling with your hands and starting and stopping.