Preventing Child Injuries On The Playground

Playgrounds are a great place for kids to play. They can play with friends, have fun and get some exercise. However, it’s important to make sure the playground is safe for your kids. One of the best practices for parents or guardians to do is to supervise your kids as they play. This will allow you to see if they are doing anything dangerous and see where they are on the playground. If you have a group of kids, then make sure to talk about the rules of the playground. Also, teach your kids to stay where you can see them, share playground equipment and not to fight before they go play. This will help keep the playground fun for everyone.

Related: Playground Safety in Kentucky

Age appropriate playgrounds
Along with parents supervising their kids, it’s also important to make sure your kid is playing on a playground that is appropriate for their age. Older kids tend to be more aggressive and could hurt younger kids. So, keep an eye out for playgrounds that your younger kids can play on without having to worry about an older kid accidently hurting them.

Be on the lookout for faulty equipment
You should also inspect the playground before your kids play on the equipment. Things you should look for include:

  • Broken equipment
  • Rust
  • Damaged surfaces

If you see any of these, you may report it to the local company responsible for the site, like a park organization or school. You may also want to look for a different playground for your kids to play on.

What to do if your kid gets hurt
Kids may not know how rough they are playing until someone gets hurt. So, accidents will happen. If your child does get hurt while playing on a playground, check to see how serious their injury is. If their injury is serious, like a broken bone, take them to the hospital right away! If their injury is minor, like a scratch, make sure to properly clean the scratch and put a Band-Aid over the scratch. Speaking of which, it isn’t a bad idea to keep a handful of Band-Aids in a bag or purse just in case you need them.

Related: Child Accident FAQs

Every parent wants their kid to have fun on a playground. Let’s all do our part and make sure playgrounds are safe and clean for our kids. We should also make sure our kids are playing on an age appropriate playground and on safe equipment to help avoid injuries.

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