Playgrounds are great places for kids to have fun, enjoy some physical activity, and develop their social skills. But playgrounds that are not properly designed, constructed, and maintained can pose safety hazards.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are treated for playground-related injuries each year in the United States. Approximately 45% of those injuries are classified as severe, including fractures, dislocations, and concussions.
Common Playground Injuries
Falls are by far the most common type of playground injury. Approximately 80% of all playground-related injuries occur due to falls from climbing structures, slides, swings, and other equipment. Fractures are often caused by falls or collisions with other kids on the playground.
Cuts and bruises, strains and sprains, and concussions are other common playground injuries. Following playground safety tips can help you prevent injuries.
Inspect Equipment and Surface Materials
Is the playground equipment safe and age-appropriate? Equipment that is too advanced or too small for a child can increase the risk of injury. Does the equipment look like it’s well maintained? Look out for signs of damage or poor construction.
The occasional scraped knee is likely to occur, but the playground’s surface material can go a long way toward preventing bumps, bruises, and other injuries. Look for playgrounds with soft surface material like rubber or mulch. The material should be able to cushion falls to reduce the risk of injuries. Avoid playgrounds with hard surfaces such as concrete or asphalt.
Adults should supervise children while they are playing on the playground. Teach them to use playground equipment properly and to follow the playground’s safety rules and regulations. Avoid dangerous behavior like pushing or climbing on equipment that isn’t designed for climbing.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.