Now that most schools around the country have completed the school year, playgrounds will be very busy over the next few months. Playground safety should concern parents and caregivers who supervise young children. Unfortunately, there are some hazards and safety risks for children on playgrounds throughout the U.S. In recent years, it is estimated that there are more than 200,000 injuries annually on public playgrounds across the country that require emergency room treatment.
Since falls are the most common playground hazard, the playground surface should be an important factor in choosing an area for children to play. Concrete, asphalt, or dirt surfaces are out-dated and should be avoided. Modern day facilities should have shock absorbing surface material such as rubber mats, rubber tile, or engineered wood fibers.
All playgrounds present some safety risks and because children can be anticipated to use equipment in unintended and unanticipated ways, inspection of the structures and equipment should be made prior to allowing children access to the area. Playgrounds are intended to be used by children of all ages and the lay-out should show distinct areas for different age groups. These areas should be separated by fences, benches, shrubs or structures. The following are some recommendations from the CPSC:
• Playgrounds should be designed to allow parents or caregivers to keep track of children as they move throughout the area and site lines should be unobstructed.
• Other areas that should be inspected are openings that could trap a child, guardrails on elevated platforms, exposed hardware, and any electrical poles or outlets.
• Children should not wear clothing with hoods or drawstrings while playing on equipment.
• During an inspection, if a hazard is detected, the proper owner or authorities should be notified. Have a safe summer and keep children free from hazards in playgrounds across America.
Source: Consumer Products Safety Commission’s Public Playground Safety Handbook
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