Kids and playtime are inseparable. But this is also a time when your children put themselves at risk of getting hurt, from minor scratches and bruising to something more serious. If you take care to make the playground equipment safe, however, to a great extent, you can prevent mishaps from occurring.
Here are a few tips from moduplay.com.au for making the playground equipment safer for children to use.
Sturdy, shock-absorbent surface
Ensure that the playground equipment is made of sturdy material that can withstand the rough wear and tear when kids play on it. Ideally, it should contain a shock absorbent material underneath the surface which will help it withstand all that strain. Also, ensure that various parts of the play equipment are attached correctly, so that the whole thing does not give way all of a sudden.
Keep the equipment separate per age
In addition, be careful to categorise the equipment per age group. Do not allow younger children to play on the equipment of older ones and vice versa.
Install protective barriers
Make sure a protective barrier is installed wherever there is an elevated space or a ramp, so that kids do not accidentally slip and fall.
A few more tips
- Place the play equipment on an even surface.
- Check the attachments periodically for loose nuts and screws.
- Check for hot metal surfaces such as those on slides.
- Avoid ropes and jump ropes in the play area as these might lead to strangling accidents.
- Do not allow children to twist swings.
- Ensure that the seats of play equipment are made of a soft material instead of metal or wood.
- Leave enough space between play things such as between swings.
- Do not have nets with large holes that can get your child’s head or foot stuck.
Follow these simple tips and rest assured that your child will have a fun play time with as little risk of an injury as possible.