Health Tip: Climbing at the Playground09/11/13
(HealthDay News) -- Playgrounds offer plenty of chances for
active little ones to climb, but it's important for parents to
minimize the risk of falls and injuries.
The U.S. National Safety Council offers these guidelines for
- Do not allow children younger than 4 years old to play on
horizontal ladders or climbing equipment.
- The ground near equipment should be covered with at least 12
inches of soft, loose material such as wood chips, mulch or
- Supervise older children when they're climbing.
- Before they start climbing, make sure all handrails and steps
are in good condition.
- Check that barriers and guard rails are in place and that
climbing ropes are properly secured.
- Remove any hoods or drawstrings that could catch on the
- Make sure there are shady spots to help protect kids from
constant sun exposure.
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