Children’s Playground Safety
Monday, August 3, 2009

In the United States, a child is injured on a playground every two-and-a-half minutes and more than 200,000 children each year are treated in emergency departments for playground-related injuries. Dr. Edward Hill gives some playground safety tips in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Playgrounds can provide your child with fun, fresh air and exercise, but they can also pose safety hazards.

Adult supervision can help prevent injuries by making sure kids don’t engage in unsafe behavior on the playground. Here are some helpful tips:

• Teach your child to never push or roughhouse while on playground equipment.

• If your child likes to jump off climbing toys, make certain he knows to check that there are no other children in his way.

• Children should leave bikes, backpacks, and other accessories in a designated spot. Items left randomly around the playground can cause children to trip and fall.

• Remind your kids that playground equipment should never be used if it is even slightly wet because moisture causes the surface to be slippery.

• Your child should always sit in a swing, not stand or kneel. Children should stay a safe distance from other children on swings.  Be sure your child practices safe playing.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.