With active supervision and some basic safety tips, every day at the playground can be a walk in the park. Here are some important child safety tips to keep your little one hurt-free while on the playground.
The Hard Facts
- Falls are the most common type of playground injury, accounting for more than 75 percent of all playground-related injuries.
- Lack of or improper supervision is associated with approximately 45 percent of playground-related injuries.
- Actively supervise children on playgrounds. It won’t be hard – they’ll probably be calling for you to watch them climb, jump and swing.
- Take your kids to playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, pea gravel, wood chips, or mulch. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass, or dirt.
- Dress appropriately for the playground. Remove necklaces, purses, scarves, or clothing with drawstrings that can get caught on equipment and pose a strangulation hazard. Even helmets can be dangerous on a playground, so save those for bikes.
- Teach children that pushing, shoving, or crowding while on the playground can be dangerous.
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