Is Your Child's Playground Safe?

Keeping Kids Safe

Check your child's clothing.

A hooded sweatshirt with a drawstring may seem harmless enough off of the playground, but the string can cause strangulation if it gets caught on a piece of equipment. For that reason, the experts at the National Safe Kids Campaign suggest removing all hood and neck drawstrings from your kids' outerwear.

Look for safe playground equipment.

All playground equipment -- slides, seesaws, swings -- should be securely anchored to the ground. Also check that S-hooks are completely closed and that no nails or bolts are sticking out. Beware of any sharp pieces that can cut a child or openings that could trap a little one's head or body. All openings should be less than 3.5 inches or greater than 9 inches.

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