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Outdoor toy safety tips for families

Kids love playing outside, and there are many ways to ensure little ones are staying safe as they're having fun -- especially with outdoor toys in the warmer weather.

The Toy Industry Association gathered 10 tips to follow for staying safe while playing outdoors, but many of these tips should be taken into consideration throughout the year. For more information, visit playsafe.org.

Balloon safety

Supervise kids at events where latex balloons may
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Supervise kids at events where latex balloons may be present as un-inflated balloons and broken balloon pieces can be a choking hazard.

Adult supervision

Make sure that kids have adult supervision during
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Make sure that kids have adult supervision during outdoor play, especially in a public setting, such as a playground.

Water safety

An adult should always be present when kids
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An adult should always be present when kids are playing in pools, beaches, lakes and other bodies of water. Toys should be kept far away from the water so as not to tempt children from playing in or near the water alone.

Watch where you keep toys

Be sure to keep toys away from driveways
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Be sure to keep toys away from driveways and streets with traffic so that children aren't lured into going to play in these dangerous areas.

Safety gear

When playing with bikes, tricycles, scooters, skateboards and
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When playing with bikes, tricycles, scooters, skateboards and skates, kids should always wear protective gear, such as helmets and knee pads.

Sun protection

To avoid being overexposed to the sun, kids
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To avoid being overexposed to the sun, kids should wear appropriate protection -- sunscreen, clothing, hats and sunglasses. Try and choose outdoor play areas that provide shaded cover from the sun. And, sunscreen should be worn year-round.

Stay hydrated

Make sure that kids are consuming plenty of
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Make sure that kids are consuming plenty of fluids throughout the day to keep them hydrated.

Organize toys

In order to prevent slips, trips and falls,
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In order to prevent slips, trips and falls, keep toys organized and stored away. Places like a garage or outdoor shed provide a great space to keep ride-on toys and smaller play items.

Say goodbye to broken toys

Sort through your child's toy box on a
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Sort through your child's toy box on a regular basis to get rid of any broken toys, especially ones that have been exposed to outdoor elements.

Play with your kids

Play with your children in order to demonstrate
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Play with your children in order to demonstrate how to properly use a toy or game. This is the best way to ensure that they know how to play with the toy safely.

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