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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.

Slides

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.

Climbing

Climb stairs or steps slowly.

Hold onto the handrails.

Avoid climbing or sliding on equipment support poles or beams.

Swinging

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)

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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