Playing it Safe: Tips to avoid playground injuries
Whether your child enjoys swinging, sliding or even climbing, the playground is a great way to keep him/her entertained, active and social. Especially during these warm days, being outdoors supplies several benefits for kids so make sure they take a break from the TV and enjoy the fresh summer air.
On a playground, a kid can be a kid—right? While imagination is encouraged, safety is a must. To reduce the risk of serious injury, parents should monitor their children at all times. Injuries on playgrounds are very common, as the CDC estimates nearly 200,000 children under the age of 14 are injured on playgrounds annually. Of those injuries, the National Safety Council found that 80 percent of playground injuries are caused by falling.
What are some safety tips for happier play-days?
- Examine the playground for sturdy guardrails.
- Inspect the playground for safety; look for evidence of sharp edges or rust.
- Monitor children to see that playground equipment is being used properly (e.g., sliding with feet first down a slide…etc.).
- Check the temperature of the playground equipment before use to reduce the risk of burns.
- Is it age appropriate for your child? Your child may be too big or too small to play on certain equipment properly.
- Is the playground surface safe? Examples of acceptable surfaces include mulch, wood chips or fibers, sand and rubber mats of at least 12 inches in depth.
- Make sure that your child is properly dressed with safe shoes and clothing.
While we hope you’ll never need our Emergency Departments or Children’s Emergency Center, we’re open to care for you and your family 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are staffed by expert doctors and nurses specially trained in emergency care.