Playground safety

Playgrounds and outdoor play equipment offer kids fresh air, exercise and the chance to make new friends. With active supervision, every day at the playground can be nonstop fun.

The hard facts

Every year approximately 205,860 preschool and elementary children receive emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment. Falls are the most common type of injury and account for more than 75 percent of all playground-related injuries. Adult supervision can help prevent injuries by making sure that kids proper use playground equipment and don't engage in unsafe behavior around it. Lack of or improper supervision is associated with approximately 45 percent of playground-related injuries.

Top tips

  • Teach your kids never to roughhouse or push while on jungle gyms, slides, seesaws, swings and other playground equipment; it can be extremely dangerous.
  • Take your kids to parks that have shock-absorbing surfaces, such as mulch, wood chips, sand, rubber or synthetic turf. If your child falls, the landing will be more cushioned compared to concrete, grass or asphalt. 
  • Check the playground equipment in the summertime. Playground equipment can become uncomfortably or even dangerously hot, especially metal slides, handrails and steps. If the equipment is hot to the touch, then it is probably not safe or fun to play on. 
  • Teach your kids to dress appropriately when going to the playground. Drawstrings, necklaces and purses can get caught on equipment and accidentally strangle a child.  

Learn more

To learn more about playground safety tips, read our literature below:

Prevent Injuries to Children on Playgrounds (PDF, 36 KB)
Playground Safety (PDF, 408 KB)

Page last updated: 12/29/2015 3:58:20 PM