This post is sponsored by Kandua – is your entertainment area child friendly?
The festive season is around the corner and with that comes loads of get-togethers with family and friends at home! Having a child friendly entertainment area is extremely important for us.
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A few years ago, we had an incident at home; A friend’s child missed a stair and ended up flying down 3 stairs onto our tiles near the pool. He cried uncontrollably but luckily, he was okay and only had minor scratches. This freaked me out, especially since adults were around the kids.
That day I learned an important lesson – the pool fence door always needed to be closed even if adults were around.
Things can happen so fast, so the question is are you prepared for it? Or at least trying to be…Let’s face it, we can’t control everything, but we can be cautious.
Here are a few tips on how you can make sure your entertainment area is child friendly this summer holidays:
I think the most important tip is to always assess your entertainment area for potential hazards.
- If you have a pool, make sure you get a pool net installed (also test this out to see it is fitted properly) and be on the lookout for any broken tiles, etc that could potentially become an issue later on.
- Remember to check the PH level of your pool water before swimming – you can find the kit in any store that stocks pool products.
- Think about the flooring you have outside – is it slippery when wet? Would that work if there’s a pool nearby? Perhaps non-slip mats near the exist of the pool could work well temporarily.
- Invest in durable locks and covers for things you don’t want the kids to go near like garden equipment and tools.
- Remove any trash, sharp branches, and animal faeces on a regular basis to avoid small accidents.
- Have an expert come through to check if there are any poisonous plants and flowers in your yard – especially if you just moved into a new place.
- Check play structures/trampoline for wear and tear on a regular basis.
- Keep the braai/gas stand away from the common play area – be cautious of the surroundings when using it.
I think it is also important to set rules with children and teach them the basics of playing outside like avoid standing in front or back of the swing when someone is on it. Kids should never be left alone outside, unfortunately, anything can happen within minutes.
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