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(HealthDay News) -- Playgrounds are great sources of fun for children -- as long as they're safe.
The U.S. National Safety Council says parents should inspect playgrounds before their children use them for the following safety features:
A soft ground surface such as mulch, sand, wood chips, rubber mats or shredded tires, instead of concrete, grass or dirt.
Soft swing seats, and swings that are set apart from other playground equipment. Look for full-bucket seats rather than partial ones that children could slide out of.
Slides that are firmly anchored to the ground with sturdy handrails and traction on the stairs. A bar at the top of every slide should force children to sit down.
Seesaws that are spring-loaded, instead of adjustable seesaws with chains.
Climbing equipment that is well secured and has sturdy handrails and steps.
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