Warm weather safety

Warm, sunny weather presents additional areas of concern for outdoor play:

  • Sunburns
  • Skin burns from touching hot surfaces such as sand, asphalt, and playground equipment
  • Dehydration
  • Heat-related illness
  • The risk of skin cancer from sun exposure is significantly increased by time spent in the sun in childhood.

To avoid these dangers:

  • Make sure children have access to drinks before and after vigorous play and at least every two hours during the day.
  • If it’s hotter than 32° C (90° F), find a cooler place for children to play actively.
  • If there is no natural shade on your playground, create some with tents or canopies.  (They add lots of new fun and adventure too!)
  • When the hot midday sun shines, limit the amount of time children spend outdoors.
  • Use sunscreen or sun block and use protective clothing such as long-sleeved, loose shirts and hats or visors to protect children.