How to Make Sure Your Child is Safe at the Playground
While playgrounds are a great source of exercise and socialisation, parental supervision is still recommended.
31 July 2013
While injuries are often thought of as a normal part of play, some injuries are more serious and can prevent a child from getting the most out of healthy, physical activities.
Here are a few simple tips to help keep your child safe at playgrounds:
Before using the playground, remove helmets, scarves and drawstrings. Avoid playing with skipping ropes around the equipment.
Check the playground: it should have a deep, soft surface as well as handrails and barriers to prevent falls. Watch out for sharp objects or spaces where your child’s head could get stuck.
Supervise your child closely and ensure they know how to use equipment safely.
Teach them playground safety rules:
! Remember to keep away from moving swings and the bottom of slides.
It is recommended that playgrounds for children five years of age and younger be clearly marked and separated from equipment designed for older children.
When using the playground
If the playground does not have equipment labeled for younger children, you can use the following guidelines:
Dangers of the playground
What puts young children at risk for injuries on playgrounds?