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3 Playground Hazards to Avoid

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 31-Jul-2018

For children, playgrounds are entertainment havens meant for adventure and recreation. Now that it’s summer, playgrounds are the place to be for energetic kids and their attentive parents. However, while playgrounds are built with good intentions, poor maintenance and a general lack of injury-prevention resources have turned these miniature adventure parks into high-risk danger zones. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 200,000 children are injured in playground accidents each year. To keep your child safe, watch out for these 3 safety hazards.

Hazard #1: Faulty Construction

Before letting your child run free, it’s important to check the playground equipment for exposed hardware, sharp edges, and broken parts. Approximately 1 in 3 playgrounds have faulty equipment that could hurt a child.

Hazard #2: Poor Upkeep

Unfortunately, there are no government-mandated safety standards when it comes to managing a playground. Because of this, 1 in 3 public playgrounds has outdated equipment and structures. When a playground is in disrepair, it poses many dangers to children who may hurt themselves. If you notice that a playground has damaged, rusty equipment or trip hazards like tree roots and rocks, it may be time to find a new place to play.

Hazard #3: Improper Protective Surfacing

It’s not uncommon for a child to fall off a slide or intentionally fly off a swing. When it comes to the landing, a playground’s protective surfacing may be the single factor protecting your child from suffering a severe injury. When you’re examining a playground for hazards, make sure you take the protective surfacing into account.

Adequate protective surfaces include:

  • Wood chips or fibers
  • Sand
  • Shredded rubber
  • Rubber tiles
  • Mats

Dangerous surfaces include:

  • Blacktop
  • Grass
  • Concrete

We Offer 24/7 Legal Service

Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC if your child has suffered injuries because of a dangerous playground environment. A personal injury lawsuit may award compensation that ensures your family can pay for your child’s medical treatments. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, and offer child injury counsel and legal representation 24/7.

Contact The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC at (512) 271-5112 to schedule a consultation.

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