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Safety at play during the pandemic.

 

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to practice social distancing and stay in the house as much as possible to protect ourselves, our families and the health of others. However, we do understand that getting out for a bit to stretch and play is important for children (and adults). As you work to strike that right balance, here are a few simple safety tips to help your kids stay active and injury free.

 

  1. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. We know that many of you are now balancing working from home and supervising your children so at times they may be outside playing on their own. This is a great opportunity to reinforce this simple tip and practice a few times with the younger ones to make sure they know the right thing to do when an adult isn’t there.
  2. Make eye contact with driversEveryone is just a little more distracted nowadays so remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street, and to pay full attention while crossing by putting phones, headphones and devices down.
  3. Wear a properly-fitted helmet. Taking a bike ride is always a great activity for kids, and it seems more and more kids are cruising around either by themselves or with their families. This is no time for a needless trip to the hospital so remind your children the importance of wearing a helmet every time they ride. And if you’re going with them, remember to be a good role model and wear your helmet as well. Kids look up to you..

Please stay healthy and safe.

 

Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is proudly led by Oregon Child Development Coalition.

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