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Health Tip: Inspect Your Child's Playground

-- 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.

Posted: September 2011


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