Tuesday, October 11, 2011

play safety

Playgrounds Children have died when their clothing or drawstrings got caught on playground equipment or on fences. Other children have died when they became entangled on ropes or skipping ropes attached to playground equipment. Always supervise children and teach them to use the equipment safely. Remove cords and drawstrings from children's hoods, hats, and jackets. Tuck in all clothing, such as a scarf, that can get caught on playground equipment. Take off bicycle helmets before using playground equipment. Bicycle helmets can get caught on equipment and strangle a child. Check playground equipment for ropes. Do not let children tie ropes or skipping ropes to playground equipment. Playpens A playpen should be a place where a baby is safe. Make sure the playpen is a newer model with small holes in the mesh. Playpens Never leave a baby in a playpen with the side down; the baby can roll into the space between the mattress and the mesh side and suffocate. Avoid playpens that have sharp edges or hinges that can pinch, scrape, or cut fingers. Make sure side latches are in their fully closed position when setting up a playpen. Never put scarves, necklaces, or cords in the playpen or around a baby's neck. These items can catch on the playpen and strangle a baby. Remove mobiles and toy bars when the baby begins to push up on their hands and knees. Check for tears in vinyl rails or in the mattress pad of the playpen. A baby can bite off small pieces and choke. If a change table or bassinet is provided as an insert for the playpen, never place a baby in the playpen while the change table or bassinet insert is still in place. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/child-enfant/index-eng.php#Pacifiers

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