Did you know 200,000 children age 14 and younger are treated for playground injuries in emergency rooms across the United States each year?* Almost half of all playground injuries are either severe fractures, internal injuries, concussion, dislocations, and even amputations.
The next time you bring your child to the playground keep an eye out for the following:
Are there protective barriers/guardrails? These are important in preventing fall down injuries.
What type of protective surfacing is under and around the play equipment? Generally, safety experts suggest playground surfaces that will absorb some of the shock of a fall as opposed to more traditional surfaces like concrete, asphalt, and hard packed earth.
Is the playground equipment age appropriate? It is recommended that children five years of age and younger only play on playgrounds designed for preschoolers and toddlers.
Do you see any broken or damaged equipment? Immediately notify the owner of the playground. If you are at an NYC public park or playground you can file a complaint here: http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/2171/park-maintenance-complaint