Playgrounds are fun and exciting areas for children to play, interact with other kids, and exercise their imaginations. However, unsafe playground equipment or facilities can turn a fun afternoon at the park into a dangerous injury very quickly.
As such, it is critical that you carefully examine your neighborhood playground to make sure that it is a safe place for your children and their friends. There are a number of elements you will want to consider when determining the safety of a local playground.
What material serves as the “floor” of the playground?
- Children should never play on a playground that is paved with cement, as this increases the likelihood of broken bones and head injuries should a fall occur. You will want to make sure that there is some sort of “cushioning” material provided, like shredded rubber or sand, that will give your child a safe landing place should they happen to fall from the playground structures.
How far apart are the various playground elements?
- You will not want to let your children play on a playground where the various pieces of equipment are located too closely to one another. The reasoning for this is that if a child should happen to fall or be thrown from one of the pieces of equipment, they will not injure or endanger any other children accidentally if they are located a safe distance away from the other kids.
Are there any dangers present on the structures themselves?
- To help prevent cuts, you will want to carefully monitor and inspect the playground equipment for any unsafe elements, such as:
- exposed nails / screws
- sharp edges
Contact a Minnesota Child Injury Lawyer
If your child has been injured because of unsafe or poorly maintained playground equipment, contact the Minnesota child injuries lawyers of TSR Injury Law today by calling 612-TSR-TIME or submit our free consultation form.