• Slingshots are not toys. Even though slingshots are not restricted items in most places, children should always be supervised by adults when playing with slingshots.
  • Always wear eye protections. You can get them from from any hardware store.
  • Know your target and what's behind it.
  • Make sure you have an adequate backstop for your target. Especially one that can absorb the projectiles energy enough to render it harmless on the ricochet.
  • Do not shoot at hard surfaces or at the surface of water. Slingshot ammo may bounce off or ricochet and hit someone or something you had not intended to hit.
  • Never shoot at a 90 degree angle towards your target and backstop. Always shoot at an angle to your target so that the ricochet will not bounce back at you. 
  • Inspect latex tubing before each shot for any signs of wear, brittleness or breakage. Do not shoot if latex tubing is worn or damaged in any way. Replace damaged or worn latex tubing immediately. You can order a replacement slingshot bands from me or many other retailers.
  • Give the forks a good hard squeeze to check and see if they are cracked or too weak to use.
  • Slingshots will last longer if stored in a cool dry place. Latex left in direct sunlight will dry and crack more quickly. Tree branches left in wet dark spaces can mold.

  • Some yo-yo tricks, such as Around the World, are potentially dangerous tricks to you, to others, and to your surroundings. When playing with your yo-yo, be sure you have a high ceiling so the yo-yo won't hit it. Also make sure that nothing is in the path of your yo-yo.
  • Observe the "Circle of Danger" concept. Mentally check out the area around you to make sure there is not a person or an object nearby (within about six feet) that can be potentially hit as you perform your tricks.
  • The most important tip of all is enjoy your yo-yo and play with it safely! Working with a yo-yo can be a dangerous activity and can result in serious injury. Do not practice yo-yo tricks in a crowded area or near windows.
  • Do not let children under 7 play with yo-yos, and all children should be supervised by adults, as the string could cause choking or other injury.



  • Jumping rope is a strenuous activity that places strain on the body, and also increases the chances of injury due to falling down. Running with a jump rope adds to both the impact pressure and risk of injury. 
  • Exercise on a smooth, flat surface. You'll need a four-by-six-foot area, and about 10 inches of space above your head.  
  • Hold the jump handles loosely in your hands, and in the event of a tangle, release the handles to reduce the chances of pulling yourself down. 
  • Do not let children under 6 play with jump ropes. All children should be supervised. 
  • Adjust the rope length by holding the handles and stepping on the rope. Shorten the rope so the handles reach your armpits. 
  • Wear properly fitted athletic shoes, preferably cross-training shoes.