Don't Let Playground Injuries Spoil the Fun
More than 600,000 U.S. kids were hurt last year, but certain steps can help keep them safe
SUNDAY, July 28 (HealthDay News) -- Playgrounds can offer children a great place to get exercise and have fun, but parents need to be aware that there is a risk for injuries and know how to prevent them.
In 2012, more than 600,000 children were injured at playgrounds, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This included about 210,000 children hurt on monkey bars or other climbing structures, more than 151,000 injured on swing sets, more than 125,000 injured on slides, more than 10,000 hurt on seesaws or teeterboards and 56,000 injured on other playground equipment.
"There are many factors to consider when thinking about a child's safety at a playground," Dr. Jennifer Weiss, an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons spokeswoman, said in an AAOS news release.
"Parents and caretakers should steer clear from playgrounds with asphalt or concrete surfaces, metal or wood swing sets, or any apparatus that can trap a child's head. Before children start to play, remind them of basic playground rules, such as one person on the slide at a time, and no running in front of moving swings and teeter-totters. Make sure that you can clearly see your child on the playground at all times," Weiss said.
The AAOS offered the following playground safety tips for parents and caregivers:
Tell children to do the following to stay safe while having fun:
The Nemours Foundation has more about playground safety.
SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, July 15, 2013