Playground Safety Checklist
Each year, more than 200,000 U.S. children go to hospital emergency rooms with injuries that happened on playground equipment. Use the playground safety checklist to ensure that your child's fun remains... well, fun!
What You Need to Know
Injury prevention relies on monitoring your child to make sure he follows playground rules, as well as monitoring equipment to improve playground safety.
How You Can HelpPlayground Safety Checklist:
- Surfaces around playground equipment should be at least 12 inches deep and extend at least 6 feet in all directions.
- Play structures more than 30 inches high should be spaced at least 9 feet apart, with no openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs that are less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches apart.
- Check for dangerous hardware on equipment, such as open “S” hooks, protruding bolt ends, or sharp points or edges.
- Look out for tripping hazards, like exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, and rocks.
- Beware of falling hazards such as platforms, steps and ramps that don't have guardrails to prevent falls.
- No matter how safe equipment seems, always make sure your child is supervised.
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