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What you need to know about Preventing Playground Injuries

By Whirl Construction (524 words)
Posted in Commercial Playgrounds on February 27, 2012

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Kids absolutely love playgrounds. It's a place where they can have fun and run around while making new friends. Unfortunately, playgrounds are responsible for one of the highest numbers of children’s injuries.

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It has been reported by the Center for Disease and Prevention that over 200,000 kids are treated in the ER every year from playground injuries.

Kids can suffer from a variety of playground injuries like fractures, bumps, cuts, bruises and even some injuries that are fatal. According to the CDP, about 45% of the total injuries are considered severe. Severe injuries are considered to be:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Concussions
  • Internal injuries
  • Amputations

The biggest factors responsible for these injuries are slides and swings. Kids are notorious for slipping and falling from the equipment on the playground, as well as losing their balance or grip when they are playing on seesaws, bars, merry-go-rounds etc.

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Many playground slides are responsible for children getting their legs and arm’s stuck and twisted or even broken. Another big cause is kids getting whacked from other children playing on swings or other equipment. 

Now that you’re aware of the common playground injuries that can threaten your kids, let’s look at how to prevent them. These are the biggest hazards that you need to keep an eye on:

  • The Right Equipment should be installed

This means that it must be good quality, age appropriate, and ensure your child is kept safe. The equipment has to be suitable for the right age and skill level. This is to make sure that a 2-5 year old doesn't get hurt on the monkey bars that were made for a 6-12 year old. 

The playground equipment needs to be manufactured by a company that is known for their standards of durability and quality. It is really important that there are no screws, edges or sharp corners that can hurt or maim children.

  • Safe surfaces on the playground

You never want to allow your child to play on any playground that has concrete, asphalt, grass or dirt.  These hard surfaces won't be a cushion for falling children, and they will end up hurting themselves. The surfaces you are looking for are poured in place rubber, bonded rubber, wood fiber or synthetic turf.

These are the best surfaces for playgrounds because they are sturdy, soft and are made to absorb the wallop of your children’s fall.

  • Playground Maintenance

Just say no to broken swings and cracked slides. Durable and long-lasting playgrounds must be bought from a reputable manufacturer.

Whirl Construction specializes in creating playgrounds, School Playground equipment, Playground surfaces, Skateboard Parks and so much more. They provide quality, professionalism and over 100 years of combined knowledge and experience. Contact Whirl Construction today for your next safe playground project.

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