Unfortunately, each year families
of about 200,000 children confront injuries associated with unsafe playground
areas and equipment, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. An estimated
51,000 involve home playground equipment, the rest occur at public playgrounds.
Most of the injuries are the result of falls. Tragically, about 15 children die
each year, most because of strangulation.
You Can Keep Your Kids Safe
Fortunately, these tragedies are preventable. Combined with careful
adult supervision, proper playground construction and maintenance can greatly
minimize the risk of injury to young children.
Practice Playground Safetyat
Home, at School, and at the Park
This quick-course has been written
to help alert you to the danger signs in play areas. You can take control at home
by taking precautions with your own play area. And you can take a new look at
other playgrounds for the same hazards. These include lack of proper surfacing
to cushion falls, lack of guardrails to prevent falls, head entrapment hazards,
and other injury-causing hazards.
Read on to put safety first.
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