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Health Tip: Inspect Your Child's Playground

Health Tip: Inspect Your Child's Playground

09/27/11

(HealthDay News) -- Before you turn your child loose at the playground, inspect it to make sure it's safe.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these features to look for when inspecting a playground:

  • A soft, padded surface below the equipment, such as sand, shredded tires, mulch or wood chips.
  • Separate "active" and "quiet" locations, for activities such as swinging versus playing in the sand.
  • Separate play areas for preschoolers and bigger kids.
  • A safe entrance - exit area, away from equipment that's being used.
  • Popular areas that are kept separate, to limit crowds.
  • Clear sight lines so that parents can easily see across the playground.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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