Adult supervision can help prevent injuries by making sure kids properly
use playground equipment and don't engage in unsafe behavior around it.
If an injury does occur, an adult can assist the child and administer
any needed first aid right away.A proper playground surface is one of the most important factors in
reducing injuries — and the severity of injuries — that occur when kids
fall from equipment. The surface under the playground equipment should
be soft enough and thick enough to soften the impact of a child's fall.
Playground equipment should be designed for three different age
groups: infants and toddlers under 2, 2- to 5-year-olds (preschoolers),
and 5- to 12-year-olds (school-age kids).
In the safest playgrounds, play areas for younger children are
separated from those meant for older kids and signs clearly designate
each area to prevent confusion.
Younger children should not play on equipment designed for older kids
because the equipment sizes and proportions won't be right for small
kids, and this can lead to injury. Likewise, older kids shouldn't play
on equipment designed for younger ones. Smaller equipment and spaces can
cause problems for bigger kids.There should be no broken equipment.Wooden equipment should not be cracking or splintering.Metal equipment should not be rusted.The fence surrounding a public playground should be in good condition to prevent kids from running into surrounding traffic.Surface materials on the playground should be maintained regularly
so that the surfacing is loosely packed and covers all appropriate areas
— especially the fall zones surrounding playground equipment.Playground equipment should be made of durable materials that won't fall apart or worn down too much by the weather.