Is Your Child's Playground Safe?

What to Watch for

See if the slide's safe.

Look for a slide with these characteristics: A steepness of no more than 50 degrees, rounded or curved edges to prevent cuts, and an exit area of at least 11 inches that is 7 to 15 inches off the ground (the exit should let a child off into an uncongested area of the playground).

Spring-centered seesaws are best.

Traditional seesaws or "teeter-totters" require kids to cooperate with each other and coordinate their actions, which can be especially difficult for preschoolers. Many playgrounds are replacing their seesaws with newer spring-centered seesaws that won't crash one child to the ground if the other decides to hop off. If you have the option, encourage young kids to use a spring-centered seesaw.

Supervise your child.

A lack of supervision is associated with 40 percent of playground injuries, says the National Safe Kids Campaign. Lower your child's chances of getting hurt by watching him carefully as he enjoys a playground.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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