Each year, more than 200,000 children are injured while playing at a playground.
The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) makes recommendations to schools, cities, parks, and other agencies that are responsible for playgrounds in order to reduce the risk of injury. Here are NPPS’s top four recommendations for maintaining a safe playground atmosphere:
- The playground should be designed so parents, teachers, or babysitters can easily see the children as they play.
- Playgrounds should be age-appropriate, with separate play areas for children age two to five and children age five to twelve.
- There should be proper fall surfacing under all playground equipment.
- Equipment should be properly maintained and given regular safety checks.
Parents can also prevent Illinois playground injuries. Here are four tips for parents from our Gurnee injury attorneys:
- Check the playground for safety issues before you allow your children to use the equipment. Check that the equipment is properly anchored and that there are no broken parts, sharp edges, or holes that cause injury. Make sure that the surface is properly covered with rubber, woodchips, or pea gravel.
- Check your child’s clothing for strangulation hazards. Remove any drawstrings and take off any scarves before playing on the equipment. Never wear a helmet on the playground as these can also pose a strangulation hazard.
- Children should be supervised at all times, especially children under the age of five. Make sure that you can see your child as he plays.
- Only allow your child to use age-appropriate playground equipment. Playgrounds for older children may be dangerous to toddlers. Older children may themselves be a danger to the smaller children in toddler playgrounds.
If your child was seriously injured while playing on a playground, it is important that you know about your legal rights. Read more about Illinois playground accidents on this website, or call 866-625-2299 to schedule a free consultation with the Gurnee personal injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham.