Playgrounds are a great place for children to exercise and develop new skills. Unfortunately, more
than 213,000 children are treated in emergency departments in the U.S. for playground-related
injuries each year.
PLAYGROUND SAFETY TIPS
CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 6 YEARS
- Remove bike helmets before playing on
equipment. Helmets can cause head entrapment
and strangulation when used on playgrounds.
- Wear closed-toe shoes during play.
- Do not wear clothing with drawstrings or jewelry
around the neck.
- Avoid trampolines, rope swings, swinging
exercise rings and trapeze bars.
- Check to make sure play equipment is
appropriate for your child’s age and ability.
- Always supervise your children on the playground.
Young children do not have the upper arm strength,
hand grip size and coordination for some play
equipment. The following are NOT recommended for
children younger than 6 years:
CONDITION OF EQUIPMENT
Free-standing arch climbers
- Parallel bars
- Log rolls
- Track rides
- Sliding poles
- Spiral slides
- Overhead rings
Not all playgrounds are safe. Injuries can be
prevented by checking the condition of the
equipment and surroundings before play.
- Do not use equipment installed over blacktop,
concrete, dirt or grass. Play equipment should
have sand, rubber, mulch or other safety
surfacing under and around it.
- Most injuries happen when a child falls from
equipment, especially if onto a hard surface.
- Stay away from equipment with rust, cracks,
rotten areas and loose or missing parts.
- In warm weather, play equipment can get hot
enough to cause burns. Check the surface first
before allowing children to play.
- Do not allow children to add strings, ropes or pet
leashes to playground equipment.
- The most common cause of playground-related
death is strangulation from clothing, strings or
Content provided by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s
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