How to Prevent Playground Accidents – Keep the Kiddos Safe

Playgrounds allow children to have fun and make the most out of their childhood. This is a place where they can learn various things about life as they get to interact with other children and are exposed outdoors. But without proper supervision, there are also instances where kids may experience accidents brought about by a multitude of factors like the danger of equipment, negligence and hazards among many others. To avoid these playground accidents, it is important to be cautious and to mindful of the playground rules and guidelines.

Know the Safety Rules
Playground equipment are designed to ensure the safety of children. For public and even residential playgrounds, it is essential to have such safety rules. The rules should be posted in a place that is visible to both kids and parents. Accidents occur since most people fail to read or even neglect the safety rules. Keep in mind that these rules are not created for nothing. They are there to keep everyone safe. Parents and elders should know these safety guidelines and make sure that they adhere to them. Accidents may still happen despite being mindful of safety rules. But completely ignoring these rules can result to a higher likelihood of a playground accident.

Here are just some of the possible dangers that may occur when safety rules are neglected:
Swings and Sways: This playground equipment is one of the top favorites among kids. But even small infant swings can cause harm to a child especially when it is used the wrong way. When kids come too closely in front of it, there the accident occurs. That is why it is important for outdoor swing sets to have some space so kids can pass in front of it. Another danger is when kids fall off from the swingset. Children should always hold on to the swing. There are also some kids who may experience minor injuries when they hold the chains of the swing. So in choosing this particular playground equipment, make sure that the manufacturer has installed protective chain coverings to prevent injuries.

Slides and Glides: Many kids incur injuries when they fall off from the slide. In fact, this is one of the most common cause of injury in playgrounds. Slides are usually built about 5ft or even higher and although it may appear safe, it can actually cause injuries. For toddlers, the slides should not be too high.

Climber: Climbers allow children to develop strength and endurance. But guardians and parents should see to it that there is safety net and that the kids hold on the bars the right way to prevent any injury.

Choosing the Right Playground Equipment Manufacturer
Whether you intend to install playground equipment for your backyard or for a community, safety should always be the primary consideration. Nowadays, playground equipment manufacturers have become more creative and innovative when it comes to creating playground sets that allow kids to enjoy and at the same time, ensure their safety. Always go for manufacturers that have strong commitment to safety. For in the end, apart from enjoying the playground, children should be completely safe from any harm.

Public Playground Safety Checklist

Playtime Playground Equipment is committed to providing a safe environment for all children to entertain and develop themselves. We Meet or Exceed All ASTM Safety Standards.

Playtime Playground Equipment meets or exceeds all playground Industry safety standards. Below you can read the Public Playground Safety Checklist as provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Playtime Playground Equipment meets or exceeds all United States Consumer Product Safety and ASTM Guidelines. Our ASTM International Member number is 1153241.

Playtime Playground Equipment is a member of IPEMA (International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association).

Public Playground Safety Checklist

Provided by The Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • If your safety surface is made from loose fill, make sure the surfaces around the playground equipment have at least 1 in. of wood chips, mulch, sand, or pea gravel per foot of play surface height.
  • If your safety surface is synthetic (such as rubber mats or poured in place rubber surface), visually inspect the surface for unusual wear patterns.
  • Check that the safety surface extends at least 6 ft. in all directions from the play equipment. For swings, verify that the safety surface extends twice the height of the top beam, both in front of the swings and behind the swings.
  • Make sure that play structures more than 30 in. high are spaced at least 9 ft. apart.
  • Check for dangerous hardware. Verify that all bolts exist, that they remain tight, and that there are no more than 2 threads protruding outward.
  • Examine swing set hardware for wear. Verify that all “S” hooks remain closed (a dime should not be able to pass through the opening). Worn swing seats can cause injuries! Check swing seats for wear or cracking, and verify the ends have no excessive wear.
  • Make sure that all spaces that can trap children, such as opening in guardrails or between rung ladders, measures less than 3.5 in., or greater than 9 in.
  • Check for sharp points and edges on all equipment.
  • Look for tripping hazards, like exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, and rocks.
  • Make sure that elevated surfaces, like platforms and ramps, have guardrails to prevent falls.
  • Make sure that all children are properly supervised while they are on the playground, and go not engage in inappropriate play.
  • Perform a safety check at least once per year.