Be Cautious on the Playground

Mandy Scherer
Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: (901) 227-3527
Pager: (901) 227-7243 #3176
Ayoka Pond
Public Relations Manager
Phone: 901-227-3503
Cell: 901-581-5637
Summer wouldn't be summer without playing on the swing set in the back yard. But swing sets do pose some dangers, so parents should follow these recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
  • Install and maintain a shock-absorbing surface under and around the play equipment. Use at least nine inches of wood chips, mulch, or shredded rubber for play equipment up to seven feet high. If sand or pea gravel is used, install at least a 9-inch layer for play equipment up to five feet high.
  • Carefully maintain all equipment. Open "s" hooks or protruding bolt ends can be hazardous.
  • Swing seats should be made of soft materials such as rubber, plastic or canvas.
  • Make sure children cannot reach any moving parts that might pinch or trap any body part.
  • Never attach-or allow children to attach-ropes, jump ropes, leashes, or similar items to play equipment; children can strangle on these.
  • Make sure metal slides are cool to prevent children's legs from getting burned.
  • Parents should never purchase a home trampoline or allow children to use home trampolines.
  • Parents should supervise children on play equipment to make sure they are safe.

Source: Summer Safety Tips - Staying Safe Outdoors
Source: Safety Tips For Home Playground Equipment


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