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More than 200,000 preschool and elementary children are rushed into emergency rooms every year for injuries suffered on playgrounds, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most injuries involve falls.


  • Actively supervise children on playgrounds and avoid distractions.
  • Make sure the playground equipment is age appropriate without hazards, such as rusted or broken equipment.
  • Use playgrounds with shock-absorbing surfaces such as rubber, synthetic turf, sand, wood chips or mulch. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned than on asphalt, concrete, grass or dirt.
  • Teach your children to behave respectfully on the playground and take turns.
  • Dress children in appropriate clothing to avoid loose articles, such as necklaces or scarves, that can get caught on the equipment.
  • It’s best for little kids and big kids to play in separate areas.

Consumer Product Safety Commission
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