Fall is a fun season for kids. It’s full of Friday night football games, pumpkin patches and piles of leaves. At the same time, it’s full of a lot of safety hazards. To truly enjoy the fall season with your children, make sure you’re taking a few precautions to make sure everyone stays safe.
Bonfires are common during the fall. While large piles of fire can be fascinating things for a child, they can also be a source of burns and other health problems. Watch your child carefully around the bonfire and teach him to keep a healthy distance away. If roasting marshmallows around the bonfire, use a long stick or special roasting stick and watch for burning marshmallows that could hurt you or your child.
A visit to a pumpkin patch is another fun fall activity. When you go, make sure your child dresses appropriately with long pants and tennis shoes or boots. Watch for slippery spots, as most pumpkin patches get muddy when it rains. If the pumpkin patch has an attached petting zoo, wash your hands after petting animals or even after picking up pumpkins to avoid salmonella and other diseases.
For fall activities that take place at night, teach your child to stay close. Use reflective tape or brightly-colored clothing to make your children visible in the dark. Dress them appropriately for the cold too. Fall nights can get chilly quickly and even if there’s a fire going, you want your child’s clothes to help keep her warm.