After a playground is built it is everyone’s responsibility to play safely and keep the area safe and secure for the children. Playground owners can do many things to keep a playground secure. First is to have adequate safety surfacing. Second is to have a CPSI certified annual check of the playground equipment and surfacing.
There are also things that parents can teach their children to do while playing, especially that it is important to follow the playground’s rules. Rules not only assist in keeping everyone safe on the playground; it also allows for everyone to utilize the play structure to its full capacity.
Let’s go through 4 Easy Steps to Playground Safety illustrated by Slyde:
- Protrusions are formed when a piece of playground equipment, such as a bolt, protrudes out abnormally. These types of problems can cause lacerations or possible entanglements hazards.
- Ropes can cause strangulation or other serious injuries. If a jump rope is tied to the top of a slide, there is a chance the rope could wrap around the child's neck as they slide down.
- Entrapments happen when a play structure has too large of openings or cracks which are large enough for a child to wedge themselves into and become caught. Extreme injury can result, worst case scenarios can lead to death.
- Entanglement occurs when clothing becomes caught on playground equipment causing the cloth to tighten around arms, legs, even necks! The popular "hoody" with the neck strings if they can't be removed should be tucked in during playtime.
Bully Prevention Month
Another way to keep your children safe on the playground is teaching them how to be kind to one another. October is Bully Prevention month, a perfect time to teach your kiddos how important it is to be a friend and report any acts of bullying they have or witness.
Want to start the conversation? Here are some articles from previous newsletters to assist you - courtesy of Slyde The Playground Hound.
Slyde Gives a Big Thumbs up to the Buddy Bench
Make it your Mission to Stop Bullying
Why Cant we be Friends?