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Health Tip: Staying Safe on the Playground

-- Playgrounds are great sources of fun for children -- as long as they're safe.

The U.S. National Safety Council says parents should inspect playgrounds before their children use them for the following safety features:

  • A soft ground surface such as mulch, sand, wood chips, rubber mats or shredded tires, instead of concrete, grass or dirt.
  • Soft swing seats, and swings that are set apart from other playground equipment. Look for full-bucket seats rather than partial ones that children could slide out of.
  • Slides that are firmly anchored to the ground with sturdy handrails and traction on the stairs. A bar at the top of every slide should force children to sit down.
  • Seesaws that are spring-loaded, instead of adjustable seesaws with chains.
  • Climbing equipment that is well secured and has sturdy handrails and steps.
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Posted: August 2009