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Health Minute: Is your playground safe?

By: Jerry
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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 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 on them.
  • 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 it's designed.
    • Walk behind swings.
    • Follow any health guidelines related to coronavirus precautions.

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.

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