Playground safety is very important if children are to remain safe at all times. To ensure this is the case, playgrounds – whether in public areas or at schools, or elsewhere – should be regularly checked and maintained where necessary.
Adult supervision should definitely be allowed, and the playground should be built with this in mind. Furthermore, the playground surface should be in good condition and designed to withstand falls when children take a tumble. Good playground safety means providing a soft surface to land on, whether this is shock-absorbing rubber or a similar surface designed specifically for playgrounds.
Regular rubbish collection is a good idea
All areas can get cluttered with rubbish over time. Thus it is essential for the playground to be checked and cleared of any rubbish on a regular basis. This should also include looking for anything that might be dangerous, such as broken glass or stray nails or screws. You never know what bad weather can blow into the area.
The play equipment itself should also be in good condition and designed to accommodate children of the desired age. This means you must ensure your child only uses the most appropriate equipment. Every piece of play equipment should be ready and safe to use though, regardless of the age it is aimed at.
Proper supervision is essential
Many accidents in playgrounds occur because there are few if any adults watching the children while they play. In many cases, preventative steps such as supervision can stop accidents happening before they have a chance to occur. It is also wise to teach your child how to enjoy the play equipment and stay safe at the same time. This can be a challenge, but it is an important point to note.
Anyone using play equipment should be able to do so without fear of injury. However, Accident Advice Helpline has come across cases where children have been injured through no fault of their own. When you call our enquiry line free of charge on 0800 689 0500, we can consider the situation your child was injured in. This will allow us to determine whether someone else was at fault, and therefore whether you could make a compensation claim on behalf of your child. If in doubt, make the call anyway. It costs nothing and there is no obligation, so you literally have nothing to lose.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead