Summer means playgrounds and outdoor play equipment. While they can provide fun and exercise for your child, they can also pose some serious playground safety risks. Each year more than 200,000 kids are injured on playgrounds. Many of these injuries can be prevented with proper supervision. Here are some quick tips to help ensure that your child has both a fun and safe day on the playground.
- Adult Supervision. Adults are the first line of defense in making sure that kids properly use playground equipment.
- Surface. The surface under the playground should be soft and thick enough to reduce the impact of a child’s fall. Stay away from concrete, asphalt, grass, and soil as they do not cushion a child’s fall. Appropriate materials are mulch, sand and rubber.
- Do not let your children wear drawstrings, hoods, or loose-fitting clothes around the head and neck area as they can get accidentally caught on structures and increase the risk of strangulation.
- Make sure that all the equipment is in good repair and anchored safely to the ground. Wooden equipment should not be cracking or splintering. Check the hardware (S-Shaped hooks, bolts and sharp or unfinished edges) that stick out and can cut children or cause clothing to become entangled.
- Playground structures are covered with germs. Make sure that your children wash their hands after using play equipment and especially before eating.
These are just a few quick tips regarding playground safety to help make sure that a playground is a place that is both entertaining and safe for your child this summer.
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