Playground Safety

By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.

Each year more than 200,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms with injuries associated with playground equipments. Playgrounds and outdoor play equipment can provide your child with fun, fresh air, and exercise, but can also pose some safety hazards. Faulty equipment, improper surfaces, and careless behavior are just a few of the dangers that cause children on playgrounds to get fatally injured.

You can make the playground a place that's entertaining and safe for your children by checking equipment for potential hazards and following some simple safety guidelines. In addition, teaching your kids how to play safely is important: if they know the rules of the playground, it's less likely they'll become injured.

Copyright 2001, 2004. All rights reserved. Any reproduction of this article in whole or in part without written or verbal permission is strictly prohibited. For information about reprinting this article, contact the copyright owner: Vanessa Rasmussen, Ph.D, Starting a Day Care Center,