Each day, the number of children being taken to hospitals as a result of injuries in play areas gets higher. The saddest thing is that these injuries can be prevented if the people responsible could have taken the right precautions in the first place. Does this mean you should lock your baby in the house and stop him from playing? Of course not! Just like a baby needs food and other nourishment to grow, he needs to play to get healthier.
Your handyman will not only help you to design a play area for your baby but will also carry out modifications to ensure the place is safe. Here are some of the ways that the handyman will make your baby’s play area safe:
Ensure there is a natural source of light
As your child grows, he needs adequate nutrients and this includes vitamin D. you need to ensure that the sun will be able to shine on the playground as your child plays. With this, you’ll be sure that the baby’s bones are developing in the right manner. To make the play area safer, the handyman can install a skylight roof over the play area. This will make it possible for your children to play whether it is raining or the sun is shining.
Make the play areas smooth and accessible
To minimize the risk of your baby getting injured when the fall, the play equipment need to have a soft lining. The handyman can use sand, rubber or even wood chips to make the surface soft enough. If the play area has concrete beneath it, the handyman will recommend the right material to put on the floor. This will give your baby a soft landing in case he falls.
Your baby needs enough space to move around as he plays without bumping into play equipment or his other siblings. When you get a professional handyman to make your play area, he’ll know the right distance based on the age of your child.
It is also important to ensure that there is no stagnant water near the play area to prevent the breeding of harmful insects. The handyman will level your play area, drain off the water, and ensure that there will be no flooding in the future.
Baby proof the play area
If there is play equipment that uses electricity, you need to ensure that the socked are baby proofed. The handyman knows the safest way to do this and also make sure that there a no dangling electric wires in the play area.
Fence the play area
To make sure that your baby will not stray from the play area, it is important to ask the handyman to fence it. The handyman will also make sure that the materials used in fencing the play area is safe and will not harm your child in case he bumps into it.
To be able to monitor the play area, your handyman will make the fence using materials that will allow you to see through it. For instance, he can use a wooden fence that has large panels and one that’s free from splinters.
If you plan to use the play area until your children are all grown up, you’ll need a higher fence. This will ensure that the children will not be able to climb over the fence regardless of their age.
Design the play area
As your child grows, his need will keep changing and you need to ensure that the play area is right for his age. Whether the play area is in your garden or in the backyard, there is a need to get everything right for your child. The handyman will help you to upgrade the play area so that only the materials that are right for his age are in the play area.
If you have children of different ages, the handyman will help in creating an area that is right for every child. He knows the right spacing between the play equipment so that the children will not bump into each other while playing. The spacing will also ensure that no child will get trapped between the play equipment.
Carry out routine maintenance and inspection
Just like you are careful to keep the equipment in your house functional, you need to ensure that the equipment in the play area is in great condition. The handyman will carry out routine inspections and repair any item that is not functioning properly. This will prevent accidents and also ensure that the play equipment last longer.
For instance, he’ll lubricate all bolts and nuts and also make sure that they are tight. When the need arises, the handyman will repaint the play equipment so that they keep looking as good as new. Painting will also ensure that the play equipment does not last after some time of using them.
If the play area is grassy, the handyman will ensure that it is well trimmed to avoid the breeding of harmful creatures.
Even when these precautions are in place, you need to train your children on playground safety. Here are some of the things you need to teach your children as they grow older:
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