Play It Safe
As the warm weather makes its welcome return, it is important to “Play it Safe” when visiting the city's playgrounds. Please follow the below safety tips when enjoying one of the 1,000 playgrounds across the city.
Supervise: An adult presence is needed to facilitate play and watch for potential hazards to ensure children’s safety. Adult supervision can greatly reduce the risk of entanglement and entrapment hazards. String on clothing or ropes used for play can cause accidental strangulation if caught on equipment.
Play your Age: Pre-schoolers, Children 5 – 12, and Teens should utilize age-appropriate equipment.
Protect Children From the Sun: A day in the sun can take its toll. Parents and caregivers should carefully monitor active recreation during the hottest part of the day, generally 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The following tips will protect children from overexposure.
- Avoid Skin Contact with Hot Surfaces: Metal and rubber play surfaces can become very hot on sunny days and can cause burns on bare skin. If the equipment feels too hot to the touch, it's probably not safe or fun to play on.
- Always Wear Shoes: Children should always wear the appropriate shoes to prevent burns from contact with hot surfaces and other injuries. Shoes should be worn at all times, even in spray shower areas.
- Use Sunscreen: Sunburn is painful and unhealthy. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and reapply frequently.
- Drink Water: Your body needs plenty of water to prevent dehydration on hot summer days. Children can become dehydrated more quickly than adults.
- Protect your Eyes: Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
- Wear Appropriate Clothing: Wear light loose flitting clothing to keep cool and a hat to keep you shaded.
- Spend time in the Shade: Keep infants and small children in the shade when possible.