Playground safety is an important issue that every parent and caregiver should be aware of. Not only are playgrounds a place for children to have fun and expend energy, but they also provide an opportunity for children to develop physical, social, and cognitive skills. However, it is important to ensure that children are safe while using playground equipment to prevent injuries. Our Midstates Recreation team of safety experts ensures that the equipment is as safe as possible, but to avoid any accidents, here are a few everyday playground safety tips for caregivers:
Supervision is Key
It is important to always supervise children while they are on playground equipment. This will help to ensure that children are using the equipment safely and that they are not putting themselves in danger.
Check for Hazards
Before allowing children to play on the playground, check for any hazards such as litter, damaged equipment, or rust. These can cause serious injuries to children.
Use Age-appropriate Equipment
Make sure that children are using equipment that is appropriate for their age and size. Children who are too small for certain equipment may be at risk for falls or lack the physical strength to properly use certain elements.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Children should wear clothing that is appropriate for playing on the playground. This includes closed-toe shoes and clothing that is not too loose or too baggy. No clothing with drawstrings should be worn on the playground.
Follow the Rules
Playground equipment often has specific recommendations for use, such as not standing on top of a seated swing or climbing onto a roof. It is important to teach children these rules and to enforce them while they are on the playground.
By following these simple tips, you can help to ensure that children have a safe and enjoyable experience on the playground. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to children’s safety; if you are in charge of a playground, download our free guide to playground safety to ensure that your equipment is regularly and effectively maintained.
Midstates Recreation designs, supplies, and builds community-enhancing recreational play and site structures. Midstates Recreation offers a variety of playground equipment in communities located in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. Our emphasis is not only to create play and recreation spaces for all but to also provide a truly valuable and inclusive addition to your community! Contact your local sales representative to learn more.