Every year, more than 200,000 children visit an emergency room because of an injury suffered on a playground. Most of these accidents occur because a child falls from playground equipment onto a surface that does not provide adequate protection.
Unfortunately, statistics show that most of these injuries occur on home playgrounds instead of at a public park or school. This is because park and school playgrounds must meet certain safety standards, while home playgrounds are not regulated.
To make a safer home playground, safety experts advise parents to:
- Create landing surfaces made from loose materials like wood mulch, engineered wood fiber or recycled rubber mulch filled to a minimum depth of nine inches.
- Be sure the protective landing surface is installed at least six feet in all directions from the playground equipment.
- Check playground hardware to be sure there isn’t any sharp or protruding metal parts that could potentially harm children.
- Remove any tripping hazards such as tree stumps, rocks or concrete footings.
- Look for any spaces that could potentially trap children and be sure ramps and platforms have guardrails.
- Be sure the playground equipment you install is age-appropriate.
In addition to providing a safe playground at home, you can help prevent injuries to children by having proper supervision of children while playing. Be sure your playground equipment does not feature any tunnels or crawl spaces that can potentially hide children from view and post a list of playground rules for children to follow.
Roberts & Roberts focuses on helping people who have been injured in accidents or because of negligence. Contact us to schedule your free consultation with our experienced personal injury legal team for the compassionate representation you deserve.