Over 200,000 U.S. children go to the emergency room each year for injuries they receive on playground equipment. Most of the injuries are caused by falls from playground equipment onto the ground. One way to prevent these injuries is to make sure surfaces around playground equipment have at least 12 inches of wood chips, sand or mulch, or are mats made of rubber or rubber-like materials. Adult supervision of young children on playground equipment is another important safety prevention tip whether it is at school or home. Playground equipment should be checked regularly to make sure it is in good condition. It is important to talk with your children about safety on playground equipment, such as, not pushing or shoving other children while on the equipment or not pushing another student too fast or too high on the swings. Students should use caution on the monkey bars since some children end up with blisters on their hands and they may slip and fall off.
Physical activity is an important part of maintaining our health and it is fun for children to take a break. They just need to follow some safety rules while on the playground.