With the beautiful spring weather beckoning children to go outside and play, it’s important to make sure that your local playground is safe. From April 21 to 27, we celebrate National Playground Safety Week as a time to focus our attention on the safety of our outdoor playground environment.
When accompanying your youngsters to the park, school, or home playground, you may discover that some risks do not appear obvious at first glance. To lessen the risk of accidental falls and injuries, the National Program for Playground Safety advises us to remember the acronym S.A.F.E.
“S” is for Supervision
Actively supervise your child at the playground and keep an eye out for potential hazards. Report rusted or broken equipment and dangerous surfaces to the school or local office.
Teach children that it can be unsafe to push, shove, or crowd other kids while on the playground.
Dress your kids appropriately for the playground. Necklaces, bags, scarves or clothing with drawstrings can pose a hazard if caught in equipment.