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Pro Tips for Playground Safety

For many households, the local playground is a terrific location to have fun, explore, and have some exercise both for adults and kids. Every year, more than 213,000 children below age of 18 are treated in US hospital emergency rooms for playground-related accidents. The majority of injuries occur as a result of a fall, with fractured bones, bruises, cuts, and sprains being the most prevalent.

To help keep accidents to a minimal, playground designers have created playgrounds depending on age groups. You may know that a bucket swing is for babies and toddlers aged 6 months and up, but did you realize that all playground equipment has age restrictions?

Some playgrounds are designed specifically for certain age groups. A playroom at a preschool, for instance, is almost always designed solely for preschool-aged children. A playground in an elementary or middle school is designed for children in grade school. But how about a city park or a local park?

Larger playgrounds may include separate portions for various age groups, with signage indicating which parts are appropriate for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and grade-school children. These parameters are in place to fit the size, strength, coordination, and talents of children in these age groups who are typically developing.

Children are less likely to be injured and have more fun when they play on age-appropriate equipment. If the playground doesn’t have age criteria, here’s a handy chart with the suitable equipment for every age group.

Before you go, here are a few pointers to keep everyone safe on the playground:

  • Check the age restrictions. Make absolutely sure your child’s play equipment is suitable for his or her age and abilities. Stick to the chart and trust your instincts.
  • Encourage your children to stick to the one-rider rule. There should be only one user at a time on a slide, outdoor swing set, or other piece of equipment. Caregivers and parents can also serve as role models for this conduct. When an adult rides a wing or slide with a toddler in their lap, both of them are at risk of serious injury.
  • Avoid placing play equipment on blacktop, concrete or grass for safety reasons. Beneath and around play equipment, rubber surfacing, wood chips, or sand should be used. Places where kids might trip, such as tree stumps, rocks, and uneven concrete, should be repaired (or reported to the park manager).
  • Condition of the equipment: Avoid machinery with rust, cracks, rotten sections, or loose or missing parts. In hot weather, playground equipment might become too hot to touch, resulting in burns. Before letting youngsters to play, touch the surface.
  • There are no strings connected. Bike helmets, drawstring clothes, and necklaces should all be removed. Allowing children to attach strings, ropes, or pet leashes to playground equipment is prohibited. These situations can result in strangulation or trapping.
  • Another useful suggestion is to promote awareness about proper playground attire. Children wearing unsafe attire cause a huge majority of playground safety issues. Children are at risk of strangling if they have clothes strings, loose clothing, or other strung items around their neck. Sweatshirts with strings should be removed before using playground equipment. Other recommended playground dress practices include ensuring that youngsters wear closed shoes and have their shoelaces knotted.
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