Playgrounds are a schoolyard staple. They are a crucial part of encouraging children to lead healthy and active lifestyles, while at the same time building friendships, socializing with their classmates, and giving their brains a break from class. And while playgrounds are often the backdrop for many pleasant schoolyard memories, they are also the scene of many childhood accidents. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), every year over 200,000 children go to hospital emergency rooms with playground-related injuries.
With that in mind, read through these five quick playground safety tips to help you keep your child safe on the playground.
1. Ensure that any playground equipment is safe and age-appropriate. Check to be sure that raised equipment has proper railings and that the ground is adequately cushioned. Request that a maintenance check be done during the back-to-school season. Yearly maintenance is crucial to keeping playgrounds safe for use, especially after summer weather and months of disuse may have warped, worn down, or otherwise damaged equipment.
2. Teach your child basic playground safety and etiquette. Remind them to never push or shove their classmates and to never roughhouse on playground equipment. Try to instill a mindset of "safety first" into your child, and discourage them from attempting any tricks or stunts outside of the intended purpose for the playground equipment, such as seeing how far they can jump off the swing or hanging upside down from the monkey bars.