Tips for National Playground Safety Week, April 26-30

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All Home Security, a leading online resource for home alarm systems and home security monitoring, offers five important tips for playground safety.

The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) will celebrate National Playground Safety Week this April 26th through the 30th. With warm weather comes an increase in playground injuries, and National Playground Safety Week aims to increase awareness of park safety rules and appreciate those who enforce them. Keep children safe this season with the following safety tips, courtesy of All Home Security, a leading online resource for home security monitoring.

1. Safeguard Against Falls
According to the NPPS, 70 percent of all playground injuries are related to falls. Playground surfaces should be forgiving materials, such as mulch, sand, rubber mats or tiles. To prevent falls, consistently inspect steps, stairs and ladders on the playground and install guardrails or barriers around any platform over 2.5 feet high.    

2. Beware of Ropes and Strings
Any material that can form a loop poses a strangulation risk to children playing around it. Drawstrings, lanyards and chin-straps can easily catch on playground equipment and should be avoided. Eliminate hanging ropes from playgrounds altogether. If rope-ladders or climbing ropes are present, secure loose ends and remove or replace frayed portions immediately. Prevent head entrapment by regularly inspecting slides and platforms for gaps.    

3. Plan the Play Area Wisely
Children have a way of finding trouble, so keep play areas as far from roads and driveways. No safeguards are more effective than the watchful eye of a parent or guardian, so keep the play areas visible from homes and buildings. Exposed metal or darkly colored platforms should be covered or kept out of direct sunlight.

4. Keep Equipment Safe
Anchor playground equipment securely to the ground, and double-check to make sure all components of a play sets are in good working order. Protruding bolts or loose nails should be secured, and ā€œSā€ hooks should not contain visible gaps. Use protective rubber caps or file down sharp corners and edges.

5. Stick to Age-Appropriate Activities
Developmental differences make certain items on the playground treacherous for younger kids. Use toddler swings for younger children, always with the appropriate swing restraint systems. Above all, never leave a child of any age unattended on a playground.

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