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Choosing a Safe Playground

The average child will spend a significant amount of time in playgrounds, whether they are in school, daycare, or at a local park. Naturally all parents want their children’s playgrounds to be safe areas. If you are looking for a good playground in your area, consider the following safety tips.

Play Close Attention to Building Materials

Playground equipment should be made out of sturdy, weatherproof materials. Aging equipment can be a serious risk, especially if it is made out of a material that is not very durable. Important dangers to look out for include:

  • Splintering wood
  • Rusting metal
  • Metal swings or slides that can become overheated in the sun

Make Sure There are Safety Features

Any good playground will have certain features to protect children from injury. Essentials include:

  • Soft ground covering, such as rubber chips or mulch
  • Guardrails for any elevated area
  • Soft or blunt edges
  • Open spaces and adequate lighting for proper supervision
  • Regular inspections by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector

Dangers to Avoid

Certain types of equipment are not recommended for young children because of the risks they pose. You may want to avoid a playground that has:

  • Any hanging ropes on the equipment
  • Platforms more than 5 feet off the ground
  • Monkey bars or exercise rings

Contact Us

If your child has been injured on a poorly maintained or designed playground, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. To learn more, contact Waukesha child injury lawyers Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 262-523-4700.