Playgrounds are places of joy and diversion for children, but they can also be dangerous.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission investigated 34 fatal playground incidents that occurred from 2009 to 2014. Nineteen of these tragic deaths were caused by hanging or asphyxiation.
This report also found that the two most common hazard patterns are falls and dangers posed by the equipment, which together account for 81 percent of the reported incidents.
The two most common hazard patterns are falls and dangers posed by the equipment, which together account for 81 percent of the reported incidents.
Also, the most common diagnoses are fractures and contusions/abrasions.
Monkey bars and swings account for the majority of the total injuries, although slides account for one-fifth of the injuries.
More than half of the victims seen in ER’s were between ages five and nine.
The CPSC is offering these tips for playground safety:
- Always supervise kids and make sure kids use playground equipment appropriate for their age.
- Never attach ropes, jump ropes, pet leashes or strings to playground equipment; children can strangle on these.
- Make sure children’s clothing does not have any drawstrings as they can catch on slides and other equipment.
- Make sure surfaces around playgrounds have 9-12 inches of wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, or mats made of safety-tested rubber.
- Check that protective surfacing extends at least 6 feet in all directions from play equipment. For swings, be sure surfacing extends, in back and front, twice the height of the suspending bar.Look out for tripping hazards, like exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, and rocks.
- Don’t let kids play on slides/surfaces that are burning hot. The weather does not have be 1000 in order for equipment to heat up and cause burns. If it feels hot to your hand, it may be too hot for a child’s bare skin!
Let’s keep kids safe during playtime.
Copyright Today’s Credit Unions