Winter Playground Safety – Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe on Playgrounds During the Winter

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During the winter season, much of the country is able to continue using neighborhood and school playgrounds as usual. However, residents who live in regions that receive cold temperatures and snow must pay attention to their play structures and take extra playground safety precautions to ensure their children are safe.

Keeping Playgrounds Safe in the Winter

During the winter season, much of the country is able to continue using neighborhood and school playgrounds as usual. However, residents who live in regions that receive cold temperatures and snow must pay attention to their play structures and take extra playground safety precautions to ensure children’s safety.

Parents and other supervisors should keep the following winter playground safety pointers in mind when utilizing local playgrounds. These playground safety tips will help keep children safe while they continue to play throughout the season:

1.    Tuck in scarves, long ties on jackets, and other loose or looped items on children’s apparel. These items could get stuck in small places on the playground equipment and cause a choking or other safety hazard.
2.    Check the playground equipment for ice and snow build-up that may cause sharp points or slippery areas on which children could get hurt.
3.     Inspect the overall play space; if there are frozen spots among the playground safety surfacing it may not provide adequate protection if a child were to fall.

Another playground safety precaution parents and supervisors can take is to visit playground equipment that has special coatings in place to reduce slips and falls. Landscape Structures considers playground safety a top priority, which is why the company incorporates special safety surfacing into its playgrounds. The Delano, Minn.-based commercial playground equipment manufacturer offers TenderTuff™-coated decks and handholds. Not only does this specialized coating provide a better grip and less slip, but it’s also more comfortable for children’s hands—it stays warmer in the winter than bare metal. Learn more about commercial playground equipment materials used by Landscape Structures.

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