Since playgrounds are a healthy and developmentally beneficial source of fun for children everywhere, it is important to always keep your kids’ safety in mind!
Actively supervising your children is a must! This should not be difficult, as your little ones will likely want you to watch them climb, jump and swing anyway. Your children should be dressed appropriately for the playground- it is necessary to make sure all necklaces, purses and scarves are taken off before your children start playing.
It is also imperative to choose the right play area based on your child’s age. Separate play areas should be designated and available for children under the age of five. For babies who are first learning how to walk, make sure they have a smooth and easy surface to practice on.
Additional tips include ensuring that there is a safe surfacing beneath and surrounding the playground’s equipment. It is not a good idea to let your children play on playgrounds with non-impact absorbing surfaces such as asphalt, concrete, grass, dirt or gravel. Recommended play surfaces include sand, pea gravel, wood chips, mulch and shredded rubber- also; rubber mats, synthetic turf and other artificial materials are safe alternatives that do not require too much additional maintenance.
Playgrounds should be regularly inspected and maintained by qualified personnel. It is a good idea to double check with your school and child care center to make sure their playground equipment is age-appropriate and well-maintained.
For more details regarding playground safety, be sure to visit Safe Kids Worldwide. Happy playing!