Creating a Safe Outdoor Space for your Kids to Play in
We’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. Our kids are off school and many of us are off work in order to slow the spread of coronavirus — a potentially deadly and highly contagious virus. There are plenty of large issues at hand right now.
But if you have kids, you’re going to have their needs and preferences at the top of your list of priorities to focus on. We’ve reached a point where we’ve been following lockdown guidelines for over two months now and chances are your kids are getting bored of being cooped up inside — especially considering the summer is fast approaching and the temperature is rising.
Now, it’s absolutely essential that you do continue to follow social distancing measures — for your safety, for your children’s safety and for the safety of others. But there are steps you can take to give your kids some time outdoors safely!
If You Have a Garden
If you have a garden, you’re in luck. You have a private outdoor play area for your children that’s quite literally attached to your home. Here, they can do whatever they please under your supervision and have a great time.
You simply need to take steps to make your garden safe and usable. First, check the perimeters to make sure all of your fence panels are intact and secure. You should also have a lock on your backgate. Next, call in tree surgeons from www.barkandbranch.co.uk to prune back any trees — this is essential if there are any branches that could fall.
If You Don’t Have a Garden
Of course, not all of us are lucky enough to have gardens. With the weather heating up and the sun shining, chances are your little ones will be yearning to go outside and play. But how can you do this safely in the midst of a pandemic? Here are some tips to help!
Play areas should be out of bounds for your little ones right now. Sure, if there aren’t other kids there on the swings, slides, monkey bars and other features, it may feel tempting to let your kids have a go. But you need to remember that coronavirus can live on surfaces for extended periods of time and you don’t know who’s been using the area before you. To avoid disappointment, simply don’t take your children to areas where they’ll see a play area and ask to use it.
- Visit Large, Open, Empty Spaces
If you have some fields nearby, you may want to visit here with your little ones. They’ll be able to run around and play in the sun under your close supervision. It’s generally a good idea to avoid midday, as this is when local areas will be busiest with people exercising.
These are just a few tips that should help to guide you in the right direction during these difficult and unprecedented times. They can make all the difference to your children’s day!