Child safety is very important. That is why we'd like to remind everyone of National Playground Safety Week. Playgrounds are an awesome place to take your children, but did you know that about 75% of child accidents occur at public playgrounds? Here is an outline of a few different safety measures we can all employ to make our playgrounds safer for our children.

Related: Kentucky Child Accident Attorney Addresses Playground Safety

Playground safety measures
Some of these safety measures include: parental supervision, playground design and how proper spacing of the equipment can reduce injuries and fatalities. The main component is that all playgrounds should be divided into three different areas. One specifically for children under the age of two, another area for 2 to 5-year-olds and the last area for 5 to 12-year-olds. Children should only play in their appropriate areas. Just as smaller children could get hurt playing on structures designed for larger children, the same goes for older children playing on equipment too small for them.

Check the playground equipment
Here is a list of a few items to check for on the playground to make sure the spacing is safe:

  • Playgrounds that have structures that are taller than 30 inches need to be at least nine feet apart.
  • There should only be two swings in a bay, and they should be at least 24 inches apart and 30 inches from the frame.
  • There should be no part of the playground that could trap any part of a child’s body. The rungs of ladders for example should be less than 3 ½ inches wide or more than nine inches.
  • Any structure that has moving parts should be inspected for points that have the potential to pinch or crush a child’s finger or hand.

Related: Preventing Child Injuries On The Playground

As a Kentucky Child Accident Attorney, and a father, too, I know that going to the playground with your children is fun for both of you. As mentioned earlier, accidents can still happen even if all the safety measures are taken. However, these safety measures will help reduce injury. Don't stop going to a playground, just make sure the equipment is appropriate for your child.

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Playground equipment, park amenities, fitness equipment and sports equipment manufacturer for school, park and commercial. Modern playgrounds often have recreational equipment such as the seesaw, merry-go-round, swingset, slide, jungle gym, chin-up bars, sandbox,
by Playground Equipment January 16, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Good insight. I've never thought about that before, but it's true. Children should play on playground equipment that is suited for their age/size. I've seen a lot of kids bonk into each other running around on those things.
by Bruce November 15, 2011 at 06:03 PM
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