Playground Safety

Each year, more than 200,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms with injuries associated with playground equipment. Most injuries occur when a child falls from the equipment onto the ground.  There are things that you can do in order to prevent these injuries from occuring. 

 

 

Ensure there is safe surfacing beneath and surrounding all playground equipment in order to minimize the risks of falling.

  • Recommended surface materials include sand, pea gravel, wood chips, mulch and shredded rubber. Rubber mats, synthetic turf and other artificial materials are also safe surfaces and require less maintenance

 

  • Surfacing should be at least 12 inches deep and extend at least 6 feet in all directions around stationary equipment. Depending on the height of the equipment, surfacing may need to extend farther than 6 feet.

Always supervise children using playground equipment.

  • Stay where you can see and hear them.

 

  • Prevent unsafe behaviors like pushing, shoving, crowding and inappropriate use of equipment.

 

  • Ensure that children use age-appropriate playground equipment.

 

  • Remove hood and neck drawstrings from all children's outerwear. Never allow children to wear helmets, necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings while on playgrounds.

 

Resources:

Play Ground Safety

Safe Kids

 

 

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