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Making your garden safe for playtime – a guide for parents

 

Wicken Toys is one of the biggest distributors of outdoor toys for children. We are all about giving children the perfect playtime activity toys but we also are stern supporters of child safety, particularly outdoors.

 

We wanted to provide a guide to help parents continue to support their children’s activities outdoors with safety as a top priority. If an environment is not safe to play in, the kids should not be allowed to play in it! It’s as simple as that.

 

Public playgrounds often are considered the most likely place for accidents to happen or for there to be potential dangers, but if you are creating an outdoor play area for your kids in the comfort and safety of your own back garden then it is the most easy to control environment.

 

 

Garden fences are hopefully lining the perimeter so young children cannot wander out into the streets or into the roads. Make sure your garden is secure in terms of fencing for both the safety of your children and the security of your home.

 

If you have bought garden swings then you need to make sure that they are good quality, durable and well manufactured pieces of equipment. DON’T buy second hand outdoor toys as this is the most unreliable of purchases that can easily affect or directly injure your children. Always buy outdoor toy products brand new from a trusted retailer or source. Garden swings are the bread and butter of garden activities and toys after all, so give your kids the very best and safest experiences you can provide.

 

 

Many parents know that children at different ages require different levels of supervision. Below 5’s often need to be kept at very close watch and even at arm’s length. They can very easily hurt themselves, especially whilst playing, so strict supervision is essential. 5+ is the start of an age where children learn to do things independent of their parents and spend more time playing with other kids. If you are providing play space outdoors for your children and their friends you know you can let them play more freely.

 

If you own or have purchased climbing frames for the brood, once again only purchase them from trusted sources that come with guarantees. Climbing frames are ideal for groups of children to play on and as long as the climbing frame has been constructed to a professional level then you should be able to rest safe knowing that the children can enjoy themselves without fear of rickety bridges and rusting towers.

 

Keeping your garden and the outdoor play area safe is all down to common sense really, however, as far as the public playgrounds are concerned if you see unsafe conditions or anything that could be deemed as a danger, report it immediately to the playground operators. Most playgrounds have contact information stencilled on the gates or on sign posts. Adults need to take an active role in the community, especially public areas for children where potential problems can be eliminated before they cause any harm.

 

Children should be able to have fun on the garden swings and on the climbing frames and enjoy their time outdoors. Have fun but be safe.

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