The most enjoyable aspect of a week for children is the time at the playground. However, the joy of playing can quickly turn into tears if the playground isn’t safe. More than 200,000 kids end up in emergency rooms due to playground injuries every year. We can prevent most of these accidents by providing surveillance and safety tips. In terms of playground safety at school, here’s what you need to know.
Playground Safety Importance
Playground safety is made up of preventative measures designed to keep children from going to hospitals. With a bit of care and effort from teachers, parents, and other volunteers, there’s no reason to allow the playground to be a danger zone.
In the ideal scenario, an adult must oversee both the older child zone and the younger child area since both age groups may be injured due to various reasons. Children aren’t always the most adept at judging distances or risks. Older kids tend to push themselves and are adventurous in the playground.
Educating Your Child
Alongside the specific rules for equipment, Children must be taught some general guidelines for playing in addition. Do not allow roughhousing and pushing on playground equipment. It is important to clarify that such actions on slides and jungle gyms are very dangerous.
Age-Based Play Areas
Although some children may be irritable, children five or under must remain on playground equipment appropriate for their age. Each playground should have its own play areas that are based on age. This can help reduce the risks of oversized equipment and older children playing rough with younger kids.
Playground Surface Material
The most effective playgrounds are constructed on hard surfaces such as wood chips, rubber mats, pea gravel, sand. It is a good idea to avoid playgrounds with no surfaces since asphalt concrete, grass, and concrete are all likely to increase the chance of causing injury.
Maintenance and Inspections
The playground equipment and surfaces must be inspected regularly and undergo maintenance. If you’re a supervisor, it’s your duty to inform the park or school authority whenever you observe any safety risks. They cannot solve the problem when they don’t know about it!
Safety Vs. Challenge
The most successful playgrounds strike an ideal balance between challenge and safety. Safety is the most important factor in playground design. However, children will not want to play in a play area covered with bubble wrap. The ideal playground provides physical and mental stimulation while creating a safe and secure environment for children to play and experiment within.
Safety on Different Equipment
Every piece of equipment on the playground has rules of its own and safety considerations. Make sure your children know the rules of any equipment they’ll use to ensure they are aware of the most secure methods to play with it.
· Swing Set
From kicks to falls, swings are among the most frequent causes of injuries in playgrounds; however, this is usually a lack of information rather than a major safety issue. Metal or wood swings pose more danger than swings made from soft materials such as plastic or rubber. Therefore, it is recommended that you change the materials used in your playground to be populated with unsafe swinging materials. Ensure the best rope for tree swings before a child uses that swing.
Make sure that children sit down and just sit at the top of their swings. They shouldn’t sit or kneel. Give them a wide space around the swing set when other children play and on both the back and front sides. The swings are made for only one child at any one time. Do not allow more than one child to play on one swing.
Instruct your children to look at the top of the slide before taking a step down. Make sure they understand how to leave the slide as quickly as possible. Also, if the slide is equipped with a ladder, have children climb up just one step at a time, with their hands on both handrails.
· Climbing Equipment
Climbing equipment is among the most popular types of equipment for playgrounds; however, it comes with the risk of injury. Instruct your kids to know the safest route to take if they fail to complete the climb. Climbing at high altitudes is perhaps the biggest cause of injuries in playgrounds.