Playground Head to Toe Safety

Bicycle Helmets

Children should not wear bike helmets when playing on equipment.

Prevent Burns

Parents should check for hot surfaces on playground equipment before allowing children to play on it. Slides with metal surfacing (though not recommended by the CPSC) are still in existance in many older playgrounds. If shade structures do not protect the slide from the sun, the surface can become extremely hot and can even cause burns on the skin.

Strings can strangle children on playground equipment.

Cothing strings, loose clothing, and stringed items placed around the neck can catch on playground equipment and strangle children. Strings on sweatshirt hoods should be removed

Remove animal swings from playgrounds.

In 1995, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

recalled these heavy molded plastic animal swings.

Ropes should be secured at both ends.

There should be no loose ropes on playground equipment. Loose ropes have cause strangulation and severe injuries.

Temperature affects whether children should be playing outside.

Weather that poses a significant health risk should include wind chill factor at or below minus 15˚F and heath index at or above 90˚F, as identified by the National Weather Service.

Source: Health promotion and protection: Standard Playing outdoors. (2011). In Caring for our children: National health and safety performance standards; Guidelines for early care and education programs (3rd ed.). Retrieved from

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