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Playground Safety: Tips for Kids

Playgrounds are great places to have fun.

But you need to have fun without getting hurt.

Here are some rules to remember:

Getting Ready to Play on the Playground

Wear sunscreen so your skin won't get burned. Remember that sun makes metal hot. A hot slide can burn your skin, too.

Wear shoes that keep your feet safe. Don't go barefoot. If you do, your foot could get a splinter or a cut.

Play only on dry equipment. If it is wet, you could slip and fall.


Go down the slide one at a time. Wait until the person in front of you is on the ground and has moved away from the slide.

Always slide sitting down facing forward. NEVER slide down headfirst!

Move away from the slide bottom as soon as you reach the ground.

Don't climb over any guardrails. Guardrails are there to protect you.


Climb stairs or steps slowly.

Hold onto the handrails.

Avoid climbing or sliding on equipment support poles or beams.


Swing sitting down

Swing with only one person per swing.

Wait until the swing stops before you get off.

Be careful when you walk in front of moving swings. You don't want to get hit accidently!

Only one person at a time should ride a spring rocker. Rock sitting down.

Last reviewed: November 2009

Reviewed by members of POSNA (Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America)

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) is a group of board eligible/board certified orthopaedic surgeons who have specialized training in the care of children's musculoskeletal health. One of our goals is to continue to be the authoritative source for patients and families on children's orthopaedic conditions. Our Public Education and Media Relations Committee works with the AAOS to develop, review, and update the pediatric topics within OrthoInfo, so we ensure that patients, families and other healthcare professionals have the latest information and practice guidelines at the click of a link.
AAOS does not endorse any treatments, procedures, products, or physicians referenced herein. This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific orthopaedic advice or assistance should consult his or her orthopaedic surgeon, or locate one in your area through the AAOS "Find an Orthopaedist" program on this website.
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