Fun in the Sun: Playground Safety


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Here are some recommendations on playground safety from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Playgrounds should have safety-tested mats or loose-fill materials (shredded rubber, sand, wood chips or bark) maintained to a depth of at least 9 inches (6 inches for shredded rubber). The protective surface should be installed at least 6 feet in all directions from the equipment.
  • Equipment should be carefully maintained. Open “S” hooks or protruding bolt ends can be hazardous.
  • Swing seats should be made of soft materials such as rubber, plastic or canvas.
  • Never attach ropes, jump ropes, leashes or similar items to play equipment; children can strangle on these. 
  • Make sure your children remove anything looped around their necks before playing.
  • Make sure slides and other surfaces are cool to prevent children from getting burned.
  • Do not allow children to play barefoot on the playground.
  • Parents should always supervise children on play equipment.

Find more tips at healthychildren.org.

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