Playground Safety

Each year, more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are treated in hospital emergency rooms for playground-related injuries.

Protect your child by following these safety and injury-prevention tips:

  • Playground safety tips
    • Supervise your child at all times.
    • Make sure your child wears a helmet or protective gear when using scooters, skates, skateboards or bicycles.
    • Teach your child not to jump for distance from the swings or other equipment.
    • Only use playgrounds that are age-appropriate and have safe surfacing like wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel or rubber under and around equipment.
    • Report dangerous playgrounds to the organization responsible for them.
  • Injury-prevention tips

    To help prevent injuries, remind your child to:

    • Use playground equipment properly:
      • Always swing sitting down
      • Allow only one person on a swing at a time
      • Wait his turn on the slide
      • Sit on the slide, and slide on his bottom only
      • Use monkey bars for climbing only — not acrobatics
    • Play gently — pushing and roughhousing can lead to falls
    • Never wear jewelry, jackets with drawstrings or scarves when playing. They can get caught on playground equipment
    • Wear proper footwear, such as sneakers
    • Tell an adult if playground equipment does not look safe
  • Download our Playground Safety brochure

    Our Playground Safety brochure is available for download in multiple languages: