Safety Tips: Changing Weather and Shorter Days Pose Risks to Outdoor Play

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There’s nothing wrong with kids playing outside and enjoying the company of their friends. However, as the days get shorter and the weather turns colder, outdoor play can begin to get a little riskier. Today we’re bringing you some safety tips to share with your kids to help them stay safe in the autumn evenings.

Dress Appropriately

Just because the weather is mild in the afternoon, that doesn’t mean that it won’t get cold as the sun goes down. The later part of the year is frustrating for kids who want to play outside because it isn’t easy to carry around a coat in high temperatures.

How do you get around this? Throw a light jacket in your kids’ backpacks. That way, as the sun gets lower in the sky, they can stay warm and keep enjoying the crisp fall air.

Another good tip to keep in mind as summer fades away is that shorts and open-toed shoes need to get left at home. It’s one thing to throw a jacket over a T-shirt. But you can’t easily change pants or shoes while you’re outside playing with your friends!

Watch for Cars

The autumn sun can be tough on drivers. The earlier sundown means that the sun will be in drivers’ eyes more often, making it tougher for them to see pedestrians. While drivers need to remember to keep it slow through residential areas, it’s still a good idea to remind your kids about basic road safety.

Kids need to look both ways before crossing the street. They should also keep listening for cars even if they don’t see any. Similarly, kids shouldn’t wear dark clothes while playing outside this time of year. When the sun goes down, people in dark clothing can be difficult for drivers to spot.

Playing in Leaf Piles

There are a lot of contradicting opinions about whether it’s safe to let kids jump into leaf piles. Generally speaking, it’s safest to err on the side of not letting them. Wet leaves can expose kids to harmful forms of bacteria. Additionally, spiders and ticks could be hiding in the leaves. Even if you raked the pile yourself, you never know where a few bugs hiding could be hiding.

Instead of jumping in leaf piles, treat your kids to another fun fall activity like pumpkin carving. Pumpkin carving is safer, and you’ll have a festive jack-o-lantern to show for your trouble!