For kids, outdoor adventure is an amazing experience as they can have an endless amount of time for adventures and exploration. Get outdoor, playing sports, exercise, make new friends, develop new skills, learn how to work on a team...all these can fully consume children's high levels of energy, and satisfy their endless curiosity.
But always keep in mind that kids are more easily to get themselves into trouble because of a lack of experience and power. So we need to teach kids basic outdoor adventure safety strategies and tips to help them avoid the risk of physical injury.
In this article, we will share some general guidelines to keep kids safe outdoors.
Be sure to warm-up before doing outdoor sports to avoid sprains or strains, and cool down when they’re done.
2. WEAR PROPER GEAR
Always wear proper gear, such as waterproof shoes while hiking, a helmet while biking...they will protect your kids, make your kids play safely.
3. PREPARE CONDITION-APPROPRIATE CLOTHES
One of the most differences between indoors and outdoors is the weather. You never know when the weather may shift, so you need to prepare layers of condition-appropriate clothes to keep kids warm, dry, and shielded from the sun in all weather. Always pack an extra blanket or layer of clothes.
4. AVOID TICKS AND MOSQUITOES
It's best to wear long-sleeved, loose fit clothing to cover your kids' skin (tuck pants into socks) and help protect them from both mosquitoes and ticks. Another handy tip is to treat clothes with permethrin or choose pre-treated clothing for your kids.
5. AVOID SUNBURN
Remember to apply sunscreen to your kids every two hours; avoid do any outdoor activities from 10:00 to 14:00; let your kids wear hats. Let’s encourage our kids to unplug and go enjoy the outdoors while the weather is so nice. Learn to love outdoors.
6. DRINK WATER CORRECTLY
Keeping hydrated is a necessary thing especially when kids sweat profusely. But possibly kids won't remember this tip while playing attentively. So parents need to teach kids about the dangers of dehydration and the importance of replenishing with water in advance and remind them to drink water in time. Teach kids not to drink untreated water to avoid becoming ill due to drinking dirty water.
7. LEARN TO SEND THE SIGNAL FOR HELP
It is very important to teach your kids to send out help signals for help while saving energy and protecting themselves.
One useful method is to hang brightly colored cloth strips at high places in the shelter, or use the flash mode of the flashlight to send out a distress signal (more suitable at night).
The most common way is using the whistle. Let each child carry a whistle on a necklace, and do some signal drills to teach them how to send the signal for help by Whistles of different times and lengths.
8. PLAY WITH FRIENDS
Always keep younger children stay within the range of supervision. Remind older kids hanging out with friends should remain with the group! Yes, to kids, never wander off alone.
Hope you and your kids have a safe and wonderful outdoor time!