Tips to Prevent Playground Injuries during National Facial Protection Month

Posted on July 20, 2015
According to the CDC, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related emergencies. About 45 percent of those consist of severe fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations.
  Before your next playground adventure, remind your kids about taking turns and keeping their hands to themselves. Here are some other important tips to help make the playground safer for your kids and others during National Facial Protection Month and beyond: Check the facilities. Rusty or broken play equipment, trash on the playground, and damaged fall surfaces may contribute to injuries. Investigate the playground conditions where your little ones romp and report anything unsafe to the school or city department responsible for maintenance. Check your kids’ clothing. During playtime, loose clothing may catch or cause falls and open-toed shoes can leave their feet vulnerable. Beyond keeping their sneakers tied, make sure your kiddos are properly dressed for the occasion. Remember the weather. After a rainfall, kids and parents may be antsy to get out. Remember, wet equipment can be slippery, and even when the playground facilities have dried, small puddles may be left in some areas. Drowning is a threat for small children, even with as little as two inches of water. Supervise. Some kids are rowdier than others, and when roughhousing creates a danger for the smaller set, an adult should always intervene, even if it means politely consulting with other parents.