Health Minute: Is Your Play Ground Safe?
Playgrounds are a great way to encourage your child to run, jump, swing and climb – all of which are important in a child’s health, wellness and development.
But did you realize that nearly 200,000 kids wind up in the emergency room every year because of an injury they got on a playground? That includes playsets in parks, at school and in your own backyard.
Keep your kids safe – and encourage their adventurous spirit — by evaluating the safety of your favorite playgrounds:
- Pick playgrounds appropriate to your child’s age and development.
- Make sure swings, slides and ladders are sturdy and well maintained before letting your children play.
- Visit playgrounds with a soft, impact-absorbing surface like mulch, wood chips, rubber or sand.
While you’re at the playground, follow these tips to help your kids play it safe.
- Review playground rules before heading out. Rules should include:
- Stay near parents and caregivers
- Avoid parking lots and nearby roads
- No pushing or shoving
- Use equipment as its designed
- Walk behind swings
- Keep an eye on your child at all times.
Need fast care for a minor injury? Visit one of Adventist HealthCare’s three convenient Urgent Care locations, open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.