Safety information for parents, caregivers or leaders about preventing injuries with children who are participating in sports, recreational activities or games from the Outdoors: The Ultimate Playground resource. An adult, leader or youth in charge should always make sure before starting a game that the play area is safe and that there is proper equipment, shoe wear and supervision.

When outdoors, encourage children to be sun safe and protect their skin.

Getting Dressed

Summer days

Child wearing hat, UVA and UVB sunglasses, loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes

Dressing properly for sunny, cloudy, hazy and foggy days will help prevent sunburns.

  • Protect the skin – wear clothing that is light-coloured, loose fitting and tightly woven.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim or backflap to protect the head, face, ears and neck. Put on ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) protective sunglasses.
  • Wear comfortable, soft soled shoes like sneakers, that are designed for active play.

Winter days

Child wearing hat, UVA/UVB sunglasses, sweater, neck warmer, mittens, coat, winter boots, socks

Dressing for the cold helps prevent the loss of body heat.

  • Wear a hat that also protects the ears (40 – 50% of body heat is lost through the head).
  • Add a neck warmer or scarf tucked into a coat.
  • While playing the body perspires. Clothing gets wet and the body can become chilled when activity is slowed down. A layer of clothing that can be put on or taken off, as activity levels change, decreases the amount of sweating and minimizes chilling.
  • Layer clothing by putting on an extra sweater, sweat-shirt or a t-shirt, long underwear or leggings under regular clothing. Top with a warm coat, snow pants and mittens or gloves.
  • On windy days wear a windproof outer layer.
  • Wear heavy socks and roomy winter boots with good treads.
  • Remember to wear ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) sunglasses and sunscreen on sunny days, especially when there is snow.