Children love to explore, get mucky and climb trees. With all of the health and safety precautions about today, it is easy to forget the fun that can be had going back to basics, without spending a penny.
Preventing slips, trips and falls, and other tree climbing injuries, when playing doesn’t mean having to restrict youngsters to a life without rough and tumbles. Enforcing some simple rules for children to adhere to will minimise the risk of slips and falls from trees, without eliminating childhood adventures.
Preventing tree climbing injuries
To avoid tree-climbing slips and falls, ensure your young children and teenagers follow these simple guidelines:
- Do not climb during periods of wet weather
- Avoid climbing where wild animals are nested
- Use the three point rule; two hands and two feet are able to provide a total of four points of support, use three of these at all times on three robust branches to carry weight safely.
- Wear suitable attire, including a helmet and shoes with good grip. It is best to avoid wearing baggy clothes, which could get caught on branches during the activity, causing falls from a height.
- Refrain from climbing if ill or injured.
Tree climbing professions
Children and teenagers aren’t the only ones who take to the exciting heights of tree climbing. Professional tree climbers are employed for horticultural and grounds maintenance purposes and, regardless of inductions and training, are at a high risk of falls from heights.
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