Along with fall comes potential risks for kids as they play outside. From the fallen leaves to the shorter days, the dangers might lead to child injuries. Being aware of the situations, taking precautions and teaching your kids to watch for the dangers prevents injuries.
Fall leaves are beautiful to look at, but they also hold the potential for injury for kids. A pile of leaves might cover hidden dangers, such as the sharp ends of the rake, hard toys or rocks. Landing on any of this objects could result in a serious injury. Leaves piled on the side of a street also present a risk for kids. A child playing in the leaves could get struck by a car. Burning leaves are another hazard if burning is allowed in your area. Keep kids away when you burn leaves to avoid accidental burns.
Halloween brings excitement to many children during the fall months, but there are also several safety concerns during trick-or-treating. The costume is the first consideration. Choose a costume that allows your child to see well, particularly if there is a mask. Avoid dark costumes if possible, instead opting for a brighter costume that others can see after dark. Reflective tape or a blinking light attached to the costume increases your child’s visibility.
If your child goes trick-or-treating alone, set guidelines for him. Restricting the area where he trick-or-treats helps you keep track of him. Set a specific check in time so you know he is safe. Also teach him to only approach homes with lights on. Inspect the candy before letting your child eat any of it.
With fall comes later sunrises and earlier sunsets, cutting down on the amount of daylight. School-aged children don’t get much time after school for playing before the sun begins to set. The safest option is to have your child in your yard or inside the home as soon as the sun begins setting. If she is out after dusk, make sure she wears bright clothing and checks in with you.
Home Maintenance Dangers
Fall is often a time for tackling home maintenance issues before winter arrives. If you are doing home maintenance, put away all tools as soon as you are finished. An unattended ladder, saw, drill or other tools leaves your child open for serious injury if he becomes curious and tests it out. Simple precautions keep the entire family safe during the fall months.