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Outdoor Safety

Children's innate curiosity and sense of adventure drive them to try all sorts of new activities, especially when they are outdoors. Keep them out of harm's way by taking these precautions:

  • Play equipment is bolted securely in place
  • Playground surfacing material should be 12 inches deep and extend 6 feet in all directions around equipment.
  • Look for playgrounds with shredded rubber, mulch, wood chips or sand. Grass and soil are not good surfaces.
  • Make sure the playground equipment is inspected frequently and kept in good repair. If it’s not, report this to your local parks and recreations office.
  • Home playground structures should be checked regularly for sharp edges, loose bolts or screws, splinters, cracks, or other damaged areas that could catch or hurt children. All sharp edges should be cushioned to reduce injury.
  • Structures should be painted with lead-free paint only. Peeling paint is removed and structure repainted.
  • Remove hood and neck drawstrings from children’s clothing and outerwear and don’t let kids wear helmets, necklaces, purses or scarves on the playground.
  • Don’t allow your kids to engage in, or play near, any pushing, shoving or crowding around playground equipment.
  • Keep toddlers under age 5 in a separate play area, away from equipment designed for bigger kids.
  • Yard is kept free of toxic plants
  • Actively supervise kids on a playground or in your backyard. Just being in the same area isn’t good enough – they need your undivided attention while playing on or around the equipment.

From safekids.org

Look for playgrounds with shredded rubber, mulch, wood chips or sand. Grass and soil are not good surfaces