Health Tip: Inspect Your Child's Playground

By on September 27, 2011

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.

Source: HealthDay

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