Is Your Child's Playground Safe?

Check your child's favorite playground for these common hazards.

Each year more than 200,000 children are injured on playgrounds in the United States, according to the National Program for Playground Safety in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The good news: You can help your child play it safe. Follow these guidelines to help keep your little one safe and sound.

Make sure surfaces are safe.

Nearly 70 percent of playground injuries are from falls to the surface. But the right playground surface can help protect your child by cushioning his landing. Best bets: Sand, pea gravel, mulch, and rubber mats and tiles. (The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that these surfaces be at least 12 inches deep.) The most dangerous ground coverings include concrete, asphalt, grass, blacktop, packed dirt, and rocks.

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