Playing Outdoors

Injury Prevention Play Outdoors swing cartoonYoung children should be watched closely at all times when playing outside. Use the following tips for outdoor safety.

  • Yards should be fenced in, and gates should be locked.
  • Dangerous substances, such as pesticides, should be kept out of reach.
  • Gardening and working tools should be locked away and out of reach.
  • Lawn mowers and weed whackers are dangerous. Children should not be outside when you are using this equipment. Children should never ride on a riding mower. For more information, visit our Lawn Mower Safety page.
  • Children should never be allowed near gas grills or barbecues.
  • Playground equipment should be installed securely in the ground and checked often. Bolts should not stick out and “S-hooks” must be completely closed.
  • Because nearly 70 percent of playground injuries are a result of falls, the surface under the playground equipment should be soft. Safe surfaces such as mulch, chips, sand or poured-in-place rubber mats should be 9 to 12 inches deep. Teach your child how to use playground equipment properly, and only provide age-appropriate equipment.


  • Trampolines aren’t toys for kids. They can be unsafe.
  • If you are not 6 years old, never play on a trampoline.
  • If you are 6 and play on a trampoline, make sure an adult is right there with you.
  • Never jump with another person. Only one person should jump at a time.
  • Always jump in the center of the trampoline.
  • Don’t do tricks or flips.
  • Never jump off. When you are finished jumping, stop, walk to the edge, sit and slide off.
  • Never go under a trampoline while someone else is jumping on it.
  • Never play on a wet trampoline.