SOURCE: UC Davis, news release, Nov. 7, 2012.
FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With the arrival of fall, the days get shorter and the weather changes, which can bring special risks for kids.
Shorter days mean many youngsters may be walking or biking home from after-school activities at dusk or after dark. Experts from UC Davis Children's Hospital and the UC Davis Trauma Prevention Program say kids must be taught how to ensure they will be seen, even when visibility is low.
They urge parents to remind kids to:
Playgrounds are another spot where kids may be at risk. More than 200,000 injuries a year occur on playgrounds in the United States -- many times in falls caused by wet conditions, the UC Davis experts say. They suggest parents teach kids to follow these steps:
Kids who play fall sports like soccer and football should take precautions to protect against head injury. They should always wear properly fitted equipment, including helmets, mouth guards, knee and elbow pads, shin guards and footwear. Kids playing fall sports should also:
Once colder weather sets in, children who play winter sports should rest when they are tired. It's important to wear layered clothing, sunglasses, goggles and sunscreen as well as protective gear, such as helmets and wrist guards.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more fall health and safety tips.