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Make Your Playground Safety Week a Success!

February, 2016

With Playground Safety Week approaching (April 25th - 29th), you will be able to use this newsletter to help you get started on your plans! Getting back to the basics is always a good way to start.

Ask yourself a few questions: Does your play area have safety surfacing? Does your playground have any protruding objects or strangulation risks? Play is a very important part of a child's development, and making sure it is safe is not only important, but also adds to the fun. 

Planning your week of activities should be fun and easy! Download this fun free Slyde's Playground Safety Brochure to get an idea of how Slyde the Playground Hound can help you make your Playground Safety Week a success! You can also find helpful ideas and information on the IPEMA and NPPS websites. These sites can give you the information you need to ensure your playground meets all safety standards. 

"Look at me! Look at me! 

Look at me now!

It is fun to have fun. But you have to know how!"

~ Dr. Seuss


In this issue of the Slyde Essential Newsletter:

  • Getting back to basics
  • Hey Kids! Learn How to Play Safe From Slyde the Playground Hound
  • Coloring Pages: Tuck it in, Take it off; Keep Your Head! Watch for Entrapments; Watch for Protrusions
  • Slydetoon: Protrusions and Entrapments
  • Featured Friends: Kelcie Roule and Devan
  • Make Your Own Playground Safety Poster

Hey Kids! Learn How to Play Safe From Slyde the Playground Hound

When your hair get tangled does your comb get caught in it? Maybe you were fishing and your fishing line got tangled? Have you ever run through a bush and gotten caught in the branches?

There is the danger of your clothes or part of your body getting caught on playground equipment, and these dangers are called entanglements (en.tan'gle.ments).

Let’s learn what Slyde the Playground Hound says about entanglements! (Click on the images for printable coloring pages.) 

A drawstring on your shirt or jacket could get caught when sliding down the slide and cause you to choke. That would hurt! Other loose clothing could get entangled with the play equipment and so could jewelry like a necklace or bracelet. Slyde the Playground Hound says: “Tuck it in or take it off.”

When you ride your bike to the playground, don’t wear your bicycle helmet on the playground equipment. It might cause your head to get stuck and trap you! Playground equipment is made for

regular-sized kids’ heads, and your helmet would make your head too big for the playground. Slyde the Playground Hound says: “Don’t get strangled; avoid tangles.” 


And never play with a rope on the playground equipment that doesn’t belong there. You wouldn’t want to get hung up by it accidentally. Slyde has high hopes for a safe playground. That means no ropes.

Grown-ups that take care of your playground at school and at the city park look for bolts or other pieces of the equipment that stick out and could catch your clothing. They also look for places where you might get stuck. You can look for these dangers too and avoid them. If something looks broken, tell a grown-up about it. 


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