Facts and Tips for Parents of Toddlers and Preschoolers.
If your family is like mine, you are probably spending a lot of time at playgrounds now that summer time is here. I love playgrounds! My favorite activity is going down the slides!
Playgrounds offer us the opportunity to explore, to have fun and to develop our gross motor abilities – yet a lot of accidents happen at playgrounds too. The CDC estimates more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger make a trip to the Emergency Room each year due to playground-related injuries; and an estimated 8,250 of those children are under the age of 2 years old.
This being said – make sure you’re there to supervise your child(ren)!
- Inspect the equipment and make sure all the hardware is in place
- Make sure there is protective surfacing underneath the equipment
- Read signs about which age group the equipment is intended
- Be aware of any spaces that could entrap children, such as openings in guardrails or in between ladder rungs
- Look for any tripping hazards, like rocks or tree stumps
- Inspect your child’s clothing and make sure they don’t have any drawstrings on their clothing that might get tangled on playground equipment
- Make sure your child is wearing appropriate foot wear (flip-flops aren’t safe for playgrounds!)
- Teach your child to use the equipment the correct way: “Climb up the ladder and go down the slide.”