Staying Safe on Playgrounds
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year, more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger go to U.S. hospital emergency departments with injuries associated with playground equipment. More than 20,000 of these children are treated for a traumatic brain injury, including concussion.
As the weather warms up and trips to the park become frequent, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the risks on playgrounds and how you can prevent injuries.
Nearly 80% of playground injuries are caused by falls. Watch out for these potential hazards when taking kids to the playground, and report any hazards observed.
Check for Playground Hazards
- Sharp points and edges
- Overcrowded play areas
- Unprotected elevated areas
- Strangulation hazards
- Head entrapment spaces:
- Openings between rails, bars, rungs and even ropes of cargo nets and other playground equipment should be less than 3 ½ inches or more than 9 inches.
- Too much sun exposure:
- Limit playtime at during peak sun exposure hours and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat-related conditions, fatigue and other conditions.
- Avoid burns; if playground equipment is hot to the touch, it is too hot for your child’s bare skin.