Is your neighborhood playground a safe one?
You’d think that a playgrounds would be one of the safest places for children to play. The reality is that over 200,000 children are injured in playground related injuries each year in North America, and the majority and severity of the injuries are due to falls. But playgrounds don’t have to be unsafe. With the correct ground surface, children have less of a chance of injuring themselves, says Debra Smiley Holtzman, author of The Safe Baby. “Going to any playground, the most important thing is to protect your child from a potential fall and the severity of the fall. Look for a playground that has sand around it or wooden chips, rubber pellets, or rubber mats. Those are protective surfaces. The material should be under every slide, swing and piece of equipment. And be at least six feet in all directions. And if the playground is on concrete or asphalt, do not have your child play in that playground.”
Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.