Playgrounds are great places for your child to play outdoors with other children, have fun and test physical skills. Supervision is the best way to ensure playground safety and prevent outdoor injuries.
Playgrounds and playground safety
Children get so much good out of playing in playgrounds. Outdoor play is great for their physical, social and thinking development.
Most playground injuries are minor – cuts, bruises and a few tears are the most likely dramas at playgrounds. But every now and then falls from playground equipment can also lead to injuries.
The most common playground injuries are fractures and dislocations. These injuries happen when children fall from equipment like climbing frames, monkey bars and slides.
Children are most often injured falling from monkey bars, mostly because monkey bars are high up. But children also hurt themselves falling from slides, swings, trampolines and climbing frames.
Preschoolers and primary school-age children are most likely to hurt themselves, because they’re still developing physical coordination, muscle strength – and the judgment they need to work out whether jumping from the monkey bars is a good idea!
Most injuries in the playground aren’t very serious, and fatal incidents are rare. All playground equipment must, as a minimum, comply with SS 457:1999, the Singapore safety standard for playground equipment and surfacing.
Having fun and staying safe in playgrounds
The best way to help your child avoid bumps and bruises in playgrounds is to actively supervise your child at play.
By staying close to your child, especially when she’s trying something new or complicated, you help keep playground visits safe and give your child the confidence to develop movement and social skills.
And as part of supervising your child, why not get into playing with him? This can be great fun for both of you.
Injury prevention and playground safety: tips
These tips can help you keep your child safe and avoid injuries in parks and playgrounds:
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