1. Install Guard Rails - Platforms
more than 30" above the ground should have guardrails to prevent falls.
Avoid Unsafe Openings - In general, openings that are closed on all sides, should
be less than 3 1/2" or greater than 9". Openings that are between 3' 1/2" and
9" present a head entrapment and strangling hazard.
3. Remove Pinch or
Crush Points - There should be no exposed moving parts that may present a pinching
or crushing hazard.
4. Never Wear Bicycle Helmets on the Playground - Bike
helmets can get stuck in openings on playground equipment, resulting in strangulation
5. Avoid Dressing Children in Loose or Stringed Clothing on
the Playground. Clothing strings, loose clothing, and stringed items placed around
the neck can catch on playground equipment and strangle children.
to supervise, and teach your child safe play. Teach your child not to walk or
play close to a moving swing, and never to tie ropes to playground equipment.
It's not hard to make your playground safe, when you work from the ground up.
Install protective surfacing on the ground, use safe equipment, and maintain
your play area.
With this game plan, the call is "safe at home!"
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