Splash Pad Safety Tips For Parents

Posted on: 4 May 2018

As summer comes, outdoor play is the best thing for families. Many parents of young children enjoy taking their kids to community or even private splash pads to cool off and enjoy the outdoors without the need for a pool pass. Like all activities, playing at a splash pad requires some attention to basic safety. Here are some simple safety guidelines to keep your child injury free this summer.

1. Never skip the sunscreen.

Sadly, people often only remember sunscreen when it's hot or when the sun seems to be blazing. However, the intensity of the summer sun is present even when there are plenty of clouds and when the temperatures are cooler. If the day is sunny and windy, some people don't feel the heat of the rays that prompts them to put on sunscreen. Because burns can occur even when it's cloudy out, always pack your sun screen when you're taking the family to the splash pad. 

2. Get some non-slip shoes.

Many splash pads are made with non-slip surfaces, but others can become slick, especially when wearing foam-bottomed flip flops or plastic summer shoes that are common for children. To prevent slips and falls, you can get water shoes for each child that provide plenty of grip for playing in the water. These shoes are also great for playing at the lake when rocks at the bottom can be slick and unpredictable. 

3. Pack some basic first aid supplies. 

Scraped knees from falling should be expected at the splash pad. Kids have accidents. Because regular stick bandages will not stay on in a wet environment, try a liquid bandage that seals the wound and pack some antibiotic ointment to protect the scrape. You can doctor it further when you get home. 

4. Keep the water flowing.

Kids notice when they get hot and thirsty when hiking or playing at the park. When they are wet and in the water playing, though, they might not notice that they need a drink. It's easy to overlook, and dehydration is a real risk when kids are being active when its warm outside. Pack plenty of water and call your kids over to make them drink frequently so you don't have any problems with overheating and thirst. Look for signs of dehydration, including reduced motor control, decreased concentration, and redness in the face. If you're planning on spending several hours out at the splash pad, bring juice as well as water to help replace nutrients.

5. Dress your kids in bright colors or distinct patterns.

Instead of red, blue, or black swim shorts or a generic pink swimsuit, choose clothes that have bright, noticeable patterns or unusual colors. These areas can get crowded on hot summer days, and it can be easy to lose your kids in the crowd of people and the splashing water. They might not be able to hear you when you call, and you may not be able to hear them. To make sure you have an easier time spotting your kids, you might even choose matching colored suits, headbands, or hats to make it easier for you to supervise your children as they play. 

6. Bring extra clothing and swim diapers.

If your child is not potty trained, check their swim diaper often for bowel movements. You don't want play equipment contaminated with bacteria or germs. Never allow your child to play with a regular diaper. These absorb treated water and hold it against your child's skin, and they can eventually burst, leaving a mess behind that is harmful for other patrons. You want your child to be able to change out of their wet clothes if they are done playing to prevent rashes and chafing. 

Contact a company like Kraftsman Play that builds splash pads to learn more about the best safety practices.