Playground Safety for the Fall

September 15, 2021 12:00 pm

Remember the treacherous merry-go-rounds and burning hot metal slides from your childhood? If you do, you realize that playgrounds have not always been all fun and games. Instead, poor design or maintenance has led to many kids getting hurt while trying to have a little fun.

How do you reduce the risk of kids getting hurt on the playground? Obviously, it starts with better design. Today’s playgrounds are designed to avoid many of the hazards that were once commonplace. Better equipment, softer materials, and safer design elements mean that today’s play structures are safer than older equipment.

However, good design is only the first part of playground safety. It is also important to take some steps to keep your playground equipment safe.

Fall also means cooler weather. Kids bundle up to keep warm, but bulky or loose clothing can get caught in playground equipment and create a choking or injury hazard. Scarves, drawstrings, and loose clothing are all playground no-nos. If your child is wearing gloves, make sure they are not slippery.

Playgrounds can also be tempting places for animals to hide when the weather starts to get cooler. Routinely inspect your playground surfaces for dangerous insects, wasp nests, rodents’ nests, and other signs of animal life. Safely remove them or have a professional remove them before letting kids play on the equipment. Also make sure kids know not to disturb any wildlife that they may encounter on the playground equipment, but to seek out an adult for help, instead.

At LevelDry, we believe that playground safety starts from the bottom up. That is why we have created our range of LevelDry products, which are designed to elevate your playground from the ground. This eliminates or reduces the risk of moisture damage from contact with the ground. Not only does it extend the life of your playset; it also helps prevent playground injuries due to rotting wood. To place an order or to find out more, contact us today.

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