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5 Important Tips to Keep Your Child Safe on the Playground

By Whirl Construction (478 words)
Posted in Commercial Playgrounds on May 19, 2014

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Safe playground for childrenPlaygrounds are great spaces for kids to have fun, burn energy, and exercise. But public parks and backyard swing sets come with risks and dangers that can turn fun into injury. The following tips will keep your child safe on the playground by alerting parents and caretakers to potential risks and helping them avoid many common, playground accidents.

1. Adult Supervision
Always keep an eye on your children while they’re playing. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, so it is important to maintain visibility of your child. Supervising kids while they play will prevent injuries, fights, and other dangerous situations from arising.

2. Age Appropriate Equipment
Children under the age of 5 should not be on playground equipment with older, larger children. Seesaws, merry-go-rounds, and tire swings require young children to coordinate their bodies and should not be used by children of different ages or weights. Keeping older children and younger children on separate parts of the playground are the best way to ensure everyone’s safety.

3. Regular Inspections
If you have your own playground equipment, it is important to check it on a weekly basis. Make sure all supports are in place and that nothing is broken or frayed. Public parks are usually maintained on a regular basis, but always do a walk-through inspection yourself to remove any hazardous trash or materials from the play area. If you notice something broken or malfunctioning, report it immediately.

4. Soft Surfaces
All playgrounds should be maintained with soft surfaces, like sand, mulch, or rubber padding. Play equipment, especially swings and slides, should be surrounded by these soft surfaces in order to prevent injury. All areas should be cleared of debris to prevent children from tripping and falling. For backyard equipment, soft grass will be fine but it is important to put extra padding around swing sets. Children enjoy jumping from swings and high surfaces, so soft padding that extends at least twice the height of these objects is best.

5. Teach Playground Safety
As your child gets older, be sure to teach them the rules of playground safety. Teach them how to properly use the equipment and stress the importance of checking for children at the bottoms of slides so no one gets tackled. It is important that they know not to fight or push while on playground equipment as falls can lead to serious injury.

Bear in mind that many common playground toys are dangerous, including trampolines and monkey bars. There’s no reason your child can’t play on the equipment, but in order to keep your child safe on the playground, it is important to understand all of the risks involved. Check out the equipment and supervise your child while they play in order to prevent accidents and injury.

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