July 15, 2005
Health Tip: Staying Safe at the Playground
Avoid equipment set on concrete
(HealthDayNews) -- Each year, thousands of kids are hurt on playgrounds in the United States, according to the National Program for Playground Safety.
Keep your kids safe by:
- Making sure your child's clothing has no loose strings. If these get caught in the equipment, they can cause strangulation.
- Having your child play only on age-appropriate equipment.
- Avoiding playgrounds with concrete, asphalt, grass, blacktop, or packed dirt surfaces. The area beneath the equipment should be hardwood fiber or mulch, pea gravel, or sand and synthetic material that will cushion a child's fall.
- Checking that the equipment is firmly anchored to the ground, that S-hooks are closed, and that bolts aren't protruding.