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4 Tips for Playground Safety

Summer weather means more time to go outside and play, and you may be looking forward to taking a trip to the local playground with your child. Playground accidents can be a risk, though. Follow these quick tips to ensure the playground is safe, and prevent playground injuries.

Check the Playground Equipment

Before allowing your child to play on the playground, give the equipment a quick check for defects like rust, exposed screws or nails, loose pieces, or other dangers. Take a look at the safety surfacing beneath the equipment. If there isn’t a thick layer of mulch, sand or shock-absorbing surfacing synthetic materials. Look for trash or broken glass that could cause injuries, and check that the equipment isn’t too hot for children to touch.

Use Age-Appropriate Equipment

Younger children should play on equipment designed for their safety. Often playgrounds have sets for different ages. If your child is young, use the set that is meant for them. Smaller steps, lower slides, railings, and stable footing are meant to protect small children. Avoid sets with rope or chain ladders, horizontal bars, or sliding poles. If the set has movable parts, be careful to prevent pinched fingers.

Supervise Your Child

Most playground injuries happen when adults aren’t supervising. Ensure that you have a good view of the entire set, and monitor for unsafe behaviors, like crowding at the slide or climbing on the set. If there is more than one adult, try to watch the set from different angles.

Talk to your child about how their behaviors can cause them to get hurt, and teach them basic safety rules, including:

  • Take turns on the slide.
  • Make sure they can see you or another trusted adult.
  • No climbing on the outside of the equipment
  • No pushing or shoving

Dress for the Playground

Dressing appropriately for the playground can help prevent injuries as well. Make sure that your child is wearing close-toed shoes that will stay on, and that they aren’t wearing necklaces, scarves, or clothing with drawstrings that can pose a strangulation hazard. Long sleeves and pants can provide sun protection as well as protect from scrapes and burns. Be sure to apply sunscreen as needed to prevent sunburns.

Playgrounds should be a source of fun and not a source of injury. If your child was injured by faulty playground equipment, you may be able to recover damages. Our team of Denver personal injury attorneys is dedicated to protecting and advocating for injured clients, and we have spent decades serving the Denver community. Contact Jordan Law today to schedule a no-cost consultation.

Categories: Child Injuries