Each year about 2,500 children in Canada are injured around playgrounds. Follow these simple steps to help us reduce that number.
- Before using a playground, check the area for glass or other sharp objects.
- Supervise young children in playgrounds and teach them not to approach strangers.
- Check their clothing for strings, scarves or other items that might get caught in equipment and strangle them.
- Have children go down slides feet first and hold the handrails.
- Make sure kids play on age-appropriate equipment.
- Don't walk or run in front of swings that are in motion.
- Make sure the equipment is in good repair and has no sharp edges.
- There should be at least six inches of soft surface such as sand, gravel or wood chips under equipment.
- Don't let young children climb too high, and stay by them.
- Carry antiseptic lotion and bandages for bumps and scrapes.