We all want to keep our kids safe. That’s just a given and can’t be argued. So the reason for this short little piece on keeping your children safe around your backyard swing set is to kind of do a gentle reminder and maybe do it with just a touch of humor to boot.
As you already know if you read my one post on big backyard swing sets, I have a adorable granddaughter Anna who seems to like to come over here and hang out when she’s not being Little Miss Bossy and ruling her environment at home. Now just so you know, I don’t have a modern kids swing set in my backyard. If we need to go swinging, I just have to walk over to the neighbors house with her and let her have it. And yeah, I’ll grab a chair, park my butt and watch her work off her excess energy.
Ok, so you’re probably wondering what the heck does that have to do with keeping kids safe and where the heck are the tips. Alright, here you go. The best tip on keeping your kids safe around the swing set in the backyard is this. It’s called…adult supervision. Without it, kids will do all sorts of crazy stuff that may lead to broken bones and a trip to the local emergency room. Surely not the way you would like to spend your afternoon.
To emphasize that, all you need to do is take a look at the picture that sits right above. Uh huh. As most of you well know, it’s called “parachuting” or maybe even a more popular Buzz Lightyear phrase, “flying in style”. And I would be willing to bet that almost all of you who have landed here (pun intended) have done it. Am I right on that one? Uh huh. Kind of thought so.
But as you well know, kids love to test limits when they aren’t watched, especially around their friends and siblings. And flying off a swing is tame to some of the things I have seen kids do on a swing set. In fact, I found some interesting figures related to swing set safety that I thought I would share with you.
Some Crazy Statistics Regarding Kids Swing Set Safety
It’s no secret that our government keeps statistics on just about everything. And the amount of injuries that occur to kids on playgrounds, both public and private is just one group of them. I discovered some statistics on kids injuries when I was looking at the various types of ground covers that you can use to make the area around your kids swing sets even safer. But enough on that. I’ll cover all those in just a little bit.
Here are some statistics that Center For Disease Control has posted on their website. I promise you I won’t bore you and put everything here because some of it would have no bearing. If you want to read the whole ball of wax, you do so here http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/playground-injuries/playgroundinjuries-factsheet.htm
One of the statics that I came across really made stop and go “hmmm..interesting” and you’ll see why. Here it is and I kind of paraphrased it a bit. “While all children who use playgrounds and playground equipment are at risk for injury, girls (yup! girls) sustain injuries (55%) slightly more often than rowdy boys (45%)” So as you can see, girls are just as much risk takers as the boys are! Remember that next time you look at your adorable little princess!
Even More Tips For Kids Swing Set Safety
Sure, you can do just about everything in your power to make your kids swing sets safe. You can double check that it is level. You can triple check that everything is tight and all moving parts lubricated. You can walk around the area and pick up objects that might be tripped over. You could even cover the ground below with one of the many types of safety ground covers that are now being marketed. Things like rubber mulch or soft playground mats. And I guess if you really wanted to, you could dress your kids in protective gear before they even headed out the door!
The single most important thing you can do to keep your kids safe around the swing set, is to watch them! Get a nice comfy outdoor chair and watch! Or better yet, participate! Especially when they are young. It’s a great time to start instilling in them some good old common sense that might serve them well down the road.
One of the biggest things that the Centers For Disease Control pointed out was how many injuries could have been prevented if a parent or playground supervisor was paying attention.
So, sorry to disappoint you if you thought there would be some ground breaking revelations here on kids swing set safety and there wasn’t. I guess you could say it was more of a common sense refresher and I hope you take it to heart.