So you think you know how to swing, kid? Sure, sure — everyone thinks they do:Â “You get on, you swing.” Yeah. AndÂ brain surgery is, “You openÂ the top,Â you put in the marbles.” Listen,Â it’s hnsarkyskt
not that simple.Â If it was, everyone would be doing it!
Luckily for you, The National Program for Playground SafetyÂ has come up with some very helpful playground tips, including, “Always sit in the swing; don’t stand or kneel. Hold on tightly with both hands. Stop the swing completely before getting off.”
Got that? HOLD ON TIGHTLY WITH BOTH HANDS! That’s something they don’t teach you whippersnappers in school, right? You’re alwaysÂ tying yourself on with yourÂ pigtails.Â But now you know better! And there’s more! SayÂ you’re thinking of going on the slide!
Well, I wouldn’t if I were you. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you — why take that kind of crazy chance? But if you’reÂ hellbent on riding the silver devil,Â for God’s sake,Â remember:
“Take one step at a time and hold onto the handrail when climbing the ladder to the top of the slide. Never climb up the slide itself to get to the top.”
Understand? No more climbing the ladder without your hands! And I suppose I gottaÂ remind you:
And now, kid, it’s time to talk about the hard stuff. The big time. The ol’ M B: Monkey bars. You and your friends are going to want to go climbing all over them, I just know it.Â All I ask is that you listen to the playground safety experts:
Crowded equipment can be dangerous. Everyone should start on the same side of the equipment and move across it in the same direction.
Just like a military drill.Â It’ll be fun! If and when you climb down safely, you can always go jump rope or something. But I’m telling you: Hold onto that rope with both hands! And when the rope is approaching your feet, for God’s sake, get them out of the way. I don’t care if you jump, skip, hop –Â just Â lift them up!Â I know it sounds hard andÂ confusing, but eventually you’ll get the hang of it.Â
And if not, there’s always working for the Program for Playground Safety.Â — Lenore