Playground Safety for Kids

According the National Safety Council, 80% of playground injuries are caused by falls. An estimated 200,000 children 14 years and younger go seek emergency medical treatment and roughly 20,000 for treated for traumatic brain injury according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.1 For this reason, it is important to look for potential hazards when taking kids to the playground.

Always check for playground hazards:

  • improper ground surfaces
  • elevated areas
  • sharp edges and pinch points
  • overcrowded play areas
  • Playtime should be outside of peak sunlight hours to avoid the potential for heat illnesses

Additional avoid the following strangulation hazards:

  • Children should not attach ropes, jump ropes, clotheslines or pet leashes to play equipment
  • Avoid children from wearing necklaces or clothes with drawstrings

Additional info can be found at www.nsc.org

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