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5 Tips for Playground Safety

Playgrounds have come a long way from where they were 10 to 20 years ago. But despite all of the improvements, playground safety is still a concern for most parents. Don’t stress, here are a few tips to help you and your children avoid any potential safety hazards.

#1.Inspect the Areas Where They Play

Whether your kids play at a local playground or the one at their school, it’s a good idea to inspect the area for any safety hazards. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for:

  • Unacceptable Surfaces—concrete, blacktop, packed earth, grass
  • Garbage­
  • Sharp objects
  • Animal feces

The surface of the playground is especially important for safety, as falls are the number one cause for injuries. A fall on a hard surface can be life threatening, but soft surfaces such as wood chops, sand, shredded rubber, or mats can cushion hard falls and prevent injuries.

#2. Inspect the Equipmentplayground student school safety tips

Playground equipment is strictly regulated. Regulations vary state to state, but here are some general equipment guidelines. Any violations should be reported to the proper authorities.

  • Inadequate Use Zones—areas under and around the equipment where a child might fall. Use zones must be a minimum of 6’ and covered with a protective surfacing.
  • Fully Enclosed Tot Swings—the use zone of tot swings is smaller than school-age swings, but should be adequately spaced apart.
  • Protrusion and Entanglement Hazards—protrusion hazards include bolts or hardware that protrudes from equipment and is capable of impaling or cutting a child if they fall.
  • Entrapment Openings—guardrails are a good example of an entrapment opening. They can entrap a child’s head. Head entrapment openings like this should be spaced 9” apart.
  • Trip Hazards—exposed tree roots, tree stumps, or abrupt changes in surface elevation.
  • Lack of Proper Equipment Maintenance—any broken or old, worn-out parts or equipment are a safety hazard and should be fixed or removed.
  • Equipment with No Guardrails or Equipment Not Recommended for Public Playgrounds—elevated surfaces should have guardrails and protective barriers to prevent falls.

#3. Choose an Age Appropriate Playground

Not all playgrounds are safe for children of all ages. It’s important that your child is old enough to be playing with the kids and on the equipment at the playgrounds you visit.

#4. Volunteer to Monitor School Recess

One of the most important keys for playground safety is adequate adult supervision. Keep an eye on your children when you take them to the park or a playground. Volunteer at your child’s school to supervise them during recess.

Adults need to be present on the playground to prevent danger, but also in the event that a child does get hurt.

#5. Teach Your Children How to Stay Safe

Teach your children how to play safely—without scaring them too much. Explain that it’s important to avoid things like garbage, playing on broken equipment, or doing scary things which can be dangerous.

It is also very important to teach your children about stranger danger. Explain that they should never talk to strangers and that if they ever feel frightened, to leave and find the supervising adult to inform them of the situation.

Playgrounds are great way for children to get outside, get exercise, and run off their energy. It’s fun for them—by staying safe, you and your children will continue to enjoy going outside to play. Have fun!

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  5. Good post about some very important factors to consider on playgrounds. An age-appropriate playground is something that people don’t consider. It’s important for a child to have playmates close to his or her age; as well as equipments that help in overall development.

  6. Rosa says:

    Kids loved to play. But it’s common to injured for kids while playing. So parents have to worried about this. Thanks for sharing playground safety rule. It’s must help to avoid accident and safe kids from injury. Thanks for such a nice guide sharing with us.

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