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National Playground Safety Week

Steve Wagner

Kids are returning from spring break and heading back for the last few weeks of school, but with the warmer weather hitting us, outside play is in full swing! Recess finally gets to be enjoyed on the playground, and kids aren’t just coming inside to turn on the TV when they get home from school.

In honor of the scraped knees and broken bones we’re sure you’ll see this season, we want to offer a few tips for playground safety to prevent injuries to children. Afterall, it is National Playground Safety Week!

The National Program for Playground Safety takes this week every year to highlight some things we can all do to keep our kids a bit safer in the outdoors this summer. NPPS offers great tips for getting your state and schools to be proactive in making sure kids have safe playground environments, and we encourage you to check out their full list and extensive resources.

Here are our tips for helping your kids to stay safe:

  1. Talk to your kids about rough-housing and bullying: Until you are in a child’s school environment to see interactions, you may not have any idea whether your child is a bully, or if they are the one being bullied. Talk to them about the importance of treating others as well as themselves, and helping to look out for those smaller than they are.
  2. Visit the areas where your kids play: Whether at school, in your backyard, or a community playground, check out the area, examine it for broken or damages places, adequate safety materials (mulch, rubber, sand, etc) and help educate your kids about the right ways to use playground equipment.
  3. Walk your kids through getting help: Prepare your kids for when they do get an injury, and let them know the importance of not “faking it” or pretending like they are okay. It is important to treat every injury, no matter how large or small.
  4. Help your kids identify safe ways to play in different places: For example: it’s never safe to run around a swimming pool, and they shouldn’t try to climb and jump off of areas that are too high.

If your little one suffers an injury because of broken, defective, or faulty playground equipment, or if they are injured due to the negligence of a teacher or care provider, the daycare negligence and child injury attorneys at Wagner Reese have years of experience in helping families just like yours. Call us for a risk-free assessment of your case: (888) 204-8440.


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