Health Tip: Check Your Child's Playground03/28/14
(HealthDay News) -- Inspecting a playground before your children
start swinging and sliding can help you identify potential
The National Safety Council offers these tips for parents:
- Make sure playground equipment is surrounded by at least 12
inches of fill, such as sand, mulch or wood chips. Allow a 6-foot
area of fill around a play set on all sides.
- Check that any openings are less than 3.5 inches or more than 9
inches square to avoid trapping children.
- Any raised platform should be surrounded by a guardrail at
least 29 inches high for preschoolers, and at least 38 inches high
for school-age children.
- Inspect the playground for any raised areas that could trip
children, such as tree roots, rocks or concrete footings.
- Look for any sharp or hazardous objects, such as "S" hooks or
bolts that stick out.
- Only allow your child to play on age-appropriate
- Carefully supervise your child at the playground.
- Do not let your child wear clothing with hoods or drawstrings,
which could get caught in playground equipment.
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