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Make Playground Safety A Priority

It’s that time of year again when the sound of children running around in playgrounds across our neighborhoods fills the air. It’s also a time for heighted precautions because as fun as a playground can be, it’s also a place where kids can get seriously injured.

More than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are treated each year for playground-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of these children, more than 20,000 are treated for a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including concussion. Additionally, about 56% of playground-related injuries are fractures and contusions/abrasions, and about 75% of injuries are related to playground equipment.

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Risk Insight

Play it Safe: This Summer’s Playground Danger You Can’t See

SwingsSchool’s out. Days are long. The sun is shining and playgrounds are packed. Competing for kids’ attention—up against the alluring tech available today—isn’t an easy task, but it’s one parents continue to fight. The replacement of choice: the playground. A reliable source of entertainment for decades, families escape from the tablets, TVs, and smartphones for a few hours of outdoor experience. Of course these fun, happy, care-free parks aren’t all fun and games; there are risks that shouldn’t be ignored.

Outside play is an important part of a child’s physical, emotional, social development, but safety is still first. Of the playground injuries reported by emergency rooms, 51% happened on public playground equipment. The biggest culprits? Climbers, swings, and slides. The most common injuries are what you’d expect: fractures, contusions, and cuts, but there’s another danger that’s hard to see: burns.

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