Play Ground Safety
Why is the playground hazardous?
- Height of fall from equipment
- Inadequate guardrails
- Inadequate safe play surfaces
- Entrapment hazards
- Trip hazards, objects that protrude, and pinch points
- Inadequate maintenance of equipment
- Equipment that is not recommended for use in playgrounds, such as plank swings, boat swings, roundabouts, maypoles, climbing rockets and old machinery.
Four safety concerns about the playground?
- Climbing frames and monkey bars are responsible for 36% of injuries
- Trampolines (22%),
- Slides (12%)
- Swings (6%).
10 Saftey rules to follow to be safe in the playground?
- Active parental supervision is the best safeguard against injury
- Check the play space to identify any hazards, and remove or guard against the hazard where possible
- Ensure children are dressed in appropriate shoes and clothing
- Children should not wear hats with cords, to lower the risk of strangulation or entrapment
- Teach children safe play practices, such as taking turns and playing gently to reduce the risk of injury
- Ensure play spaces are age appropriate for your child