Children have been playing on playground equipment for decades. Playgrounds are a fun way to fill an afternoon, spend time outside, and take healthy risks such as climbing or crossing monkey bars. Playground time is also good for socialization of both kids and their supervising parents, who often set up regular play dates at playgrounds. Finally, recess at school would not be nearly as fun without playground equipment. Unfortunately, with all the positive aspects of playgrounds come the inherent risks of allowing your child to play on the equipment. Many hazards are not noticeable or apparent until an accident happens, so parents should be educated about the array of possible injuries and know what to look for. Importantly, if your child is injured on a public or private playground due to faulty equipment or other hazard, you should call a Newnan personal injury attorney to see if you have a personal injury claim and can get reimbursed for your child's injuries.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 200,000 children are injured on playgrounds each year, and an average of twelve die from their injuries. To avoid injury and fatalities, parents need to be on the lookout for the common playground hazards. Some common hazards include:
- Lack of maintenance – keep your eye out for rusty swing chains or other equipment that appears rundown.
- Inadequate guardrails – make sure the guardrails are steadily secured, and that there are not holes big enough for your child to fall through.
- Inappropriate surfacing – never let your child play on a playground built on asphalt or other hard surface; wood chips is a common surface used to cushion falls, however to be safe the chips need to be 9 inches deep.
- Head entrapment – playground inspectors should check to make sure a child's head could not get stuck in spaces or openings, however always be cautious in case every opening was not properly tested.
Your child could be seriously injured by falling from a playground structure or being ejected by a broken swing. Accidents will happen, but you should always be aware of red flags or possible hazards to avoid injuries before they happen. In the unfortunate case your child is injured on a playground, call a Newnan personal injury lawyer today at (770) 487-8999. The Law Offices of Shane Smith call help you with every aspect of your personal injury claim.