Addie Livia January 31, 2021 home playground
Even for those of us without the luxury of having a playground in our own backyard, our children will no doubt spend plenty of time in playgrounds growing up. And for the most part, that is a good thing. After all, playing outside, especially on play structures, is great for your child’s health, giving them a chance to develop strength, coordination, balance, and cardiovascular health. They also get plenty of sunshine and fresh air.
Possibilities for injuries to occur in a playground come sometimes from the equipment itself-for instance, deteriorating materials, unsafe designs, and unstable surfaces-but a lot of the injuries that occur are the result of unsafe or careless actions. The good thing about this is it puts it well within you and your child’s control.
Also check all moving parts and devices to make sure they still have a smooth action. Tell your children to let you know anytime is broken or seems out of whack, but even then, you will need to do your own periodic check.
So, how do you build a safe playground? What are the factors to be considered when building a safe playground?
With all that said, what are the necessary things you need to do to ensure that you minimize – to the lowest possible level – the incidences of injuries sustained from using the playground equipments? The answer to that is by fixing the root cause.
One of the first things you want to check for is deterioration of any kind, whether from weather or wear and tear. Broken equipment can cause unnecessary hazards, and weather can have a devastating effect on certain materials over time. Plastic, for example, will become brittle when exposed to extreme cold or sunshine. Metal can corrode or rust. Wood, which is the most durable, is even subject to some splintering and cracking-it’s isn’t indestructible.