Safety on the Playground
Swing onto the recess playground with these safety tips! As your kids head off to school this year, protect them from the common playground hazards that send more than 200,000 kids to the ER each year. Elementary-aged kids often are hurt while playing on monkey bars and climbing equipment. Younger children tend to be injured on swings and slides.
Remember to make sure children are properly supervised, and consider the following tips:
- Playgrounds should have soft material under them such as wood chips, sand, or mulch.
- Children should use equipment that is right for their age.
- The playground should be free of items like rocks and tree stumps so there is no chance of the child falling on these items.
- Children should wear tennis shoes when climbing on playground equipment.
- Be aware of hardware that is capable of impaling or cutting a child (bolts, hooks, rungs) or catching strings or items of clothing on. Children should never wear drawstring hoodies at the playgrounds.
- Teach children that pushing, shoving, or crowding while on the playground equipment can be dangerous.