Monday, May 7, 2012

Playground Safety

So, National Playground Safety Week was 2 weeks ago and I was all set to post this article.  Then life got busy and there it sat.  So, I am posting it now, because it is still a good post.  :)

I hate to start with the bad news, but ... 
  • over 200,000 children are seen in the emergency room each year due to playground injuries
  • around 65% of these injuries involve falls or equipment failures
  • around 80% happen from home equipment
The good news ... many of these injuries can be prevent with proper supervision.

Things to keep in mind while at a playground:
  • Children cannot necessarily foresee dangerous situations by themselves
  • Supervision can sometimes keep older children in check from testing the limits of the playground and playing dangerously
  • Make sure you can see your child clearly at all times
When you are going to take your little ones to the playground check it out for safety.
  • Make sure the playground surface is soft and thick to cushion a child's fall - wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, shredded rubber or safety mats.
  • The play area should be free of standing water, rocks, tree stumps and roots.  
  • The safest playgrounds have separate areas for different age levels, toddlers to 2, 2 to 5 years old, 5 to 12 years old.
  • Swings should be away from the play area.  
  • Take a look for any broken equipment, cracks, splinters or rust.
  • If something looks unsafe or broken make that area off-limits.
Some websites for even more information

Having a child who loves to play outside I know the difficulties of keeping preschoolers off the older child play areas.   

1 comment:

  1. This comment was sent to me on Facebook and it should be shared.

    Meredith at 15 months burned her hands on our front door which included a trip to Shriners. One of the nurses was telling me all the burns they see. The one that shocked me the most are they see quite a few burns from playground equipment especially burns to the buttocks and legs from the slides being too hot. She said this even included plastic ones. I never would have guessed this. So after she got burned I always checked them by putting my hand on the equipment and they were super hot.

    I am not trying to sound like a know it all but the 2nd and 3rd degree burns Meredith had and the screams she had I haven't forgotten.


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