Taking a close look at playground safety

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2000

Take a critical look at the playground where your child goes to school, advises the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Citing the thousands of injuries to children each year from faulty or broken playground equipment, the AAOS says such equipment should be well-maintained, with no sharp edges, protrusions or openings that could trap a child's head or body.

Playground areas for active play should be separated from areas for quiet play, the organization says. Surfaces should be made of shock-absorbing material like rubber mats or loose fill such as fine or medium gravel, engineered wood fibers, sand, or double-shredded bark mulch. Areas of loose fill should be contained.

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