While playground safety has come a long way in the past few decades, there are still many potential hazards.
Here’s what to watch for, courtesy of the U.S. National Safety Council:
- Ground surfaces that don’t offer enough protection. Any playground should have at least 12 inches of mulch, wood chips, pea gravel, sand or rubber below the equipment.
- At least six feet of protective area surrounding the swings and slides, etc., in case a child falls.
- Any sharp edges that could hurt a child, such as on hooks or rungs.
- Openings through which a child’s head could fit.
- Swings that are too close to other equipment.
- Poorly-maintained equipment.
- Equipment should include guard rails to help prevent falls.