Parks and playgrounds are a perfect way to get our children outside and moving. They are set up to be mostly child friendly and fun. Getting our children outside and active is an important part of living a healthy life. Familiarizing ourselves with any dangers and ways to prevent or react to those dangers will allow for a much safer playing experience.
Following these guidelines can help prevent many accidents and injuries in parks and playgrounds:
- 1 Supervision is critical to preventing most park and playground injuries.
- 2 Always be aware of your surroundings and look for potential dangers, such as open bodies of water like lakes or ponds that aren’t fenced off.
- 3 Keep an eye out for suspicious people who make you feel uncomfortable.
- 4 Watch out for unknown animals.
- 5 If it’s a hot day, check the temperature of the play equipment. If it is hot to the touch, it is too hot to use safely.
- 6 Check the grounds for broken glass or other hazardous objects that could be stepped or fallen on.
- 7 Follow the age suggestions for play equipment and be close by to assist if your child needs help.
- 8 Make sure the surface under the playground equipment is appropriate. Sand, wood chips, mulch, and shredded rubber are all safe surfaces. Grass, concrete and asphalt are not.
- 9 Teach children playground safety, and review safety instructions and guidelines before each playground session.
- Play equipment has no damage or potential hazards.
- Child understands basic playground rules/instructions.
- Follow the recommended age suggestions on the play equipment.
- There are no suspicious people or animals nearby.
- Nearby landscape and bodies of water have been assessed for potential dangers.