Playground Safety*

April 15th, 2014
by Jennifer Mitchell, Kidz Klub Director

Whether you are at the park, at your child’s school or in your own back yard, NPPS (National Program for Playground Safety) has established the following safety guidelines to reduce the risk of accidents.

SAFE: Supervision, Age, Falls, Equipment

1. SUPERVISION:

Watch your child and be aware any potential hazards.

2.AGE – APPROPRIATE:

Children ages 2 –5 should have different equipment, that is separated from school age children (ages 5 –12)

3. FALLS :

Make sure surfaces of playground have appropriate cushion. Playgrounds should be surrounded by sand, pea gravel, mulch, or rubber mats or tiles.

4. EQUIPMENT: All equipment should be anchored into the ground and all parts should be free of sharp connections, bolts and s – hooks.

*excerpted from familyfitness.com