Children love the playground, but according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year over 200,000 children end their playground visit with a trip to the emergency room. These tips can help you ensure that your child stays safe and enjoys his or her day at the playground.
- Check surfaces. Almost 79 percent of playground injuries are caused by falls. Playgrounds should have at least 12 inches of loose fill, such as wood chips, wood fibers, sand, pea gravel or shredded tires. Avoid hard surfaces like concrete, grass, and dirt.
- Evaluate swings. Swings should be far enough from other equipment so children will not be passing in front of them frequently. Swings should also be at least 24 inches apart and no more than two swings should share the same supporting framework.
- Look for guardrails. All elevated platforms should have guardrails that are 29 inches high for preschool children and 38 inches high for school-age children. Also check that openings between guardrails or rungs are less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches apart to prevent children from getting stuck.
- Choose age-appropriate equipment. Children are at greater risk for injury if they are playing on equipment that is too advanced for their abilities or too small for their stature.
- Supervise children at play. Always keep a watchful eye on your child while he or she plays. Accidents can happen in an instant.
Has your child suffered severe injuries because of a playground accident? Please call (303) 431-1111today or contact The Gilbert Law Group to speak with one of our experienced playground injury lawyers.