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4 Your Health: Keeping children safe this summer on the playground and on two wheels

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Tucson: Tucson is a cyclists paradise and it is never too early to start. But if your children are mounting up be sure they wear a helmet.

The American Academy Of Pediatrics also recommends buying a helmet that meets government safety standards. It should have a snug but not overly tight fit and the chin strap should be securely fastened.

And remember, wearing your helmet at all times will help your kids develop the habit.

Playing it safe

Pediatricians also are reminding parents about summer playground safety.

Be sure kids only play on well maintained equipment without exposed nails, bolt ends, or open 'S' hooks. Swing seats should be made of soft materials, like rubber, plastic or canvas. Plastic and metal surfaces can get very hot, so make sure slides are cool before your kids go down.

Parents should always watch children while they are on any type of play equipment.

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