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|View the Playground Safety Cartoon.|
- Equipment should be inspected on a regular basis.
- Each item should be no more than six-feet high and securely anchored.
- Equipment should be spaced eight feet apart.
- Equipment should not have sharp edges or protrusions. Openings should be three-and-a-half inches or smaller to prevent head entrapment.
- Playgrounds should include special equipment designed for pre-school-aged children (2-5) and special equipment designed for school-aged children (5-12). These areas should be marked and separated from each other.
- Always have an adult present to supervise children on playgrounds.
- Remove debris from the area.
- Review safe play with children to prevent injuries and promote safe behavior on the playground.
- Enforce the rules: don’t push or shove; take turns; sit before you slide; never walk near moving swings; and never use equipment when it’s wet or icy.
- Use impact-absorbing material under both outdoor and indoor play equipment. Safety surfaces include wood chips, rubber surfacing, sand, mulch or uniform pea gravel.
- The material should be 10- to 12-inches thick and extend for six feet on all sides of the equipment.
Sliding Board Safety
- A bar or panel should be at the top of the slide so there is something to hold onto while sitting down to slide.
- The slide should be angled at 30 degrees or less.
- Encourage children to hold onto rails when climbing to the top.
- Make sure there are no loose strings on the clothing to prevent strangulation.
- Keep shoes tied to prevent the laces from getting caught.
- Children should always sit down feet first.
- Make sure no one else is on the slide.
- Children should never run up the sliding board.
- Place top hangers slightly wider than the seat to prevent side-to-side motion.
- Have no more than two swings per bay.
- Use lightweight swing seats made of soft materials.
- Sit in the center of the swing.
- Don’t walk or run in front or back of the swings.
- Never stand on a swing.
- Don’t swing too high.
- Don’t get off the swing until it has completely stopped.
Jungle Gym, Climber, Monkey Bars Safety
- Place the rings between 9- to 15-inches apart to prevent a child’s head from becoming trapped.
- Be sure handrails and climbing bars measure 1- to 1.67-inches in diameter.
- Don’t play on the equipment if you’re too small to reach the bars.
- Always hold on with two hands.
- Never climb or sit on top of the bars.
- Always sit facing each other.
- Hold on with both hands.
- Keep hands and feet from getting under the board.
- Always warn the other person before getting off.
Know that an unsupervised trampoline is dangerous to children, and that serious injuries can result from the use of a trampoline. The majority of these are fractures, dislocations and sprains in the head and neck areas and upper and lower extremities.
- Give children proper instruction on how to use a trampoline.
- Use a safety harness to help reduce injuries.
- Avoid somersaults, which have a high potential for serious injury.
- Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time.
May 23, 2008
May 23, 2008