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Safety Tips For Babysitters: Keeping Outdoor Play Areas Safe
- Standing, rather than sitting, in a swing
- Climbing to the top of the swing set and sitting or swinging on it
- Jumping off or in front of swings, seesaws, or gliders
- Walking in front or in back of a moving swing
- Putting too much weight on a piece of equipment and toppling it
- Tell children to sit in the center of a swing.
Explain the following hazards:
- Walking in front or in back of a swing
- Pushing other children off of the swing
- Swinging empty seats
- Twisting the swing chains
- Climbing up the front of the slide
- From the start, stop any bad behavior.
Facts About Children and Drowning
Ways to Prevent Drowning
- Never leave a child alone with any body of water (eg, pool, bath tub, spa).
- Do not allow a child to swim alone. You should be within arm's length of infants and toddlers who are swimming. You should know how to swim, be able to rescue someone, and do CPR. The American Heart Association offers CPR classes.
- Remember that even a child who knows how to swim is still at risk for drowning and will need constant supervision.
- Do not allow children to play around the pool.
- Be sure that all gates or doors leading from the house to the pool area are locked.
- If the pool is above ground, remove the ladder to prevent access.
- Empty wading pools and buckets when you are done using them. Also, if you are babysitting small children, keep the lid on the toilet down and the bathroom door closed.
- If you discover a child to be missing, first check the pool, wading pool, spa, or hot tub.
- Know the telephone numbers to call for emergency medical service. In most cases, this is 911.
American Heart Association http://www.americanheart.org/
American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/
National Safe Kids Campaign http://www.safekids.org/
United States Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/
About Kids Health http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/
Canada Safety Council http://www.safety-council.org/
Safety and first aid. American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: http://www2.aap.org/healthtopics/safety.cfm. Accessed May 21, 2012.
5/28/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance: Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention. Policy statement—prevention of drowning. Pediatrics. 2010 May 24. [Epub ahead of print]
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 05/2012
- Update Date: 05/21/2012