Safety on the Playground


How can I keep my child safe on the playground?

First, check if play equipment is safe.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the equipment the right size? For example, smaller swings are for smaller children and can break if larger children use them.
  • Is the play equipment installed correctly and according to the manufacturer's directions?
  • Can children reach any moving parts that might pinch or trap any body part?
  • What's underneath the equipment? The best way to prevent serious injuries is to have a surface that will absorb impact when children land on it. This is especially needed under and around swings, slides, and climbing equipment.  
  • Is wooden play equipment free of splinters and nails or screws that stick out?