A visit to the playground is more than fun. It lets kids exercise their bodies, brains, and social skills. It also gives them a chance for unstructured, free play that's important for healthy development. Just check that the play equipment is safe and then watch the fun happen.
Play is essential for physical and emotional strength, intellectual and educational development, improving social and behavioural skills, and inspiring creativity.
Kids love to climb. It helps build strength, coordination, and depth perception while letting them see their surroundings on a different level. Having some fabulous wooden playground equipment to climb on can make all the difference to their playtimes, however its important to prevent falls or getting caught on climbing equipment.
Play is great for children’s well-being and development. When planning and providing play opportunities, the goal is not to eliminate risk, but to weigh up the risks and benefits. No child will learn about risk if they are wrapped in cotton wool.
More than 200,000 children each year are treated at emergency departments for injuries occurring on playgrounds. Actively supervise children on playgrounds. It won’t be hard – they’ll probably be calling for you to watch them climb, jump and swing.
There are several things that parents and caregivers can do to help make the playground safer for children. This includes providing strong supervision, ensuring that equipment is free of potential hazards, and steering kids to age-appropriate play areas.
Playgrounds and outdoor play equipment offer kids fresh air, friends, and exercise. So it's important for parents to make sure that faulty equipment, improper surfaces, and careless behavior don't ruin the fun.
Unsafe equipment and surfacing along with hot playground temperatures are uncomfortable and unsafe. This can discourage children from being active which causes long term health consequences, such as obesity and depression. Continuous exposure to unsafe environmental conditions has lead to long-term injuries, such as sunburns, hyperthermia, thermal burns, and asthmatic complications.
Some communities have non-traditional outdoor play spaces instead of playground equipment. Some examples include community flower or vegetable gardens, and sand or water play areas. These play areas are less expensive to develop, and can be designed to challenge children’s development without the risk of falls or getting trapped.
The type, depth and area of surfacing material must be selected based on the anticipated fall height of each piece of equipment. Each type of equipment has a different fall zone, based on its unique use and hazards.
Take your child to a playground that has equipment made for children his own age. Small children can be seriously hurt on equipment that is made for older children.
Supervisors are essential to safe and inclusive outdoor play areas and playgrounds. Proper supervision minimizes major injuries, reduces behavioral referral issues, and assists in reducing minor injuries.
Children need places to play which are accessible, stimulating and most importantly safe. We need to give children the chance to learn about risk and consequences in a controlled environment.
Playground safety means inspecting a playground, and playing safely in the area. Playground safety may help keep your child safe while he plays and will decrease his risk for injury.