Playground Safety

Nobody ever wants to imagine that an accident can happen while doing something as harmless as playing at a playground. Unfortunately, these events do occur.

Here are some helpful safety tips for your next trip to your local playground:

1. Supervise your children

It’s recommended that you keep a close eye on your children, whether they’re climbing, jumping or swinging. Hazards may present themselves over the course of your visit, anything from strangers to cars to animals. Little kids especially can be a handful, so make sure they are monitored at all times.

2. Choose the right playground based on age:

Some play equipment might not be suitable for all ages. Most playgrounds have areas for children under the age of 5. Babies especially should only play on surfaces with a smooth and easy finish.

3. Ensure it’s a safe area:

Playgrounds with non-kid-friendly surfaces such as asphalt, concrete, grass, dirt or gravel should be avoided if possible. Sand, wood chips, mulch and shredded rubber is more idea for children, who are more susceptible to injury. If your child is using a swing, make sure the safe surfacing extends 20 feet both in front and behind the swing.

4. Make sure playground has been inspected:

It might be a hassle, but it’s a good idea to double check and make sure the playground has well-maintained equipment. If you find hazards on your trip to the playground, report them immediately and do not allow children to use the equipment.

5. Wear safety equipment when necessary:

If an activity on the playground requires your child to wear safety equipment, make sure all the necessary rules are followed. For example, young bicycle riders should always wear a helmet and be watched closely. Near roads, make sure they watch out for cars. In the unfortunate event of an accident, contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer.