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Tips to Keep Kids Safe on Playgrounds
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 200,000 children age 14 or younger are treated in emergency rooms each year for playground injuries. More than 10 percent of these are traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and the rate of TBIs is rising. You should Work With NH Playground Injury Attorneys if You Have a Claim.
Because public playgrounds are numerous and easily accessible, most kids spend their time on these rather than private playgrounds. Thus, the largest percentage of playground injuries take place on public facilities. In fact, it is estimated that seventy-five percent of playground injuries take place on public playgrounds. Monkey bars and climbing equipment are responsible for the highest number of injuries.
But despite the risks, we know kids love playgrounds and benefit from the exercise and social interaction. The good news: Adults can play a key role in keeping kids safe on their favorite playgrounds with these tips and resources:
Keep Your Kids Safe With These Tips
- Areas underneath the equipment, known as fall surfaces, should be made of soft material such as wood chips, mulch, sand or rubber.
- Inspect equipment for any piece (especially metal) that may be hot from the sun.
- Watch for hazards or protrusions like bolts, hooks, stumps or rocks that could trip or cut children.
- Look for neglected maintenance, such as rusty or broken equipment.
- Make sure kids wear safe clothing. No loose scarves or hoodies with drawstrings, as these can become a strangulation hazard if entangled with equipment. Shoes should be comfortable for play and protect feet, like sneakers. Tie long hair back as well.
- Make sure there are strong and sturdy guardrails to prevent falls.
- Your children should be using age-appropriate equipment. Read all playground signs for warnings and instructions.
- Most importantly, the best way to prevent injuries is parental supervision. Talk to your kids about appropriate playground behavior before you visit the playground and watch them while you’re there.
More Resources for Safe Playgrounds
To ensure your local playground is safe, the National Recreation and Parks Association has a network of Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI). The CPSI certification program provides comprehensive and up-to-date training on playground safety issues, including hazard identification, equipment specifications, surfacing requirements and risk management methods. To find your local CPSI, click here.
A thorough playground safety checklist and ranking tool, created by the National Program for Playground Safety, can be found here. If you see safety hazards or poorly maintained equipment, reach out to the owner as soon as possible. In most cases, this will be a school or park district.
Keeping our kids safe while out on the playground is an issue we can all get behind, and one that benefits the community as a whole. So let’s all get out there and have some fun!
Contact NH Playground Injury Attorneys
If your child has been negligently injured on a playground, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too! The New Hampshire playground injuries attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC offer free initial consultations for NH injury victims. Call us at (603) 239-2489, complete a request for a consultation on our website, or send us an email.
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Vehicle accidents are an unfortunate reality in America. While injuries and deaths have been on the decline for several years, the trend has reversed this year. The NH car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC urge you to be prepared to protect your interests if you or a loved one are injured in a crash.
First 10 Minutes, First 10 Hours
As the NH car accident lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman know, keeping a level head after a crash isn’t easy, especially if there are injuries involved. First priority: make sure that help is on the way for anyone who needs medical attention. Then take steps to protect your interests. Learn how with this guide on what to do if you are involved in a roadway crash.
By The Numbers
An estimated 32,675 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, down slightly from 2013 but up from a record low of 32,479 in 2011. Source: NHTSA Data Resource Website
More than 1.7 million people participate annually – 67 million since 1964 – in the National Safety Council’s (NSC’s) defensive driving program. Click here to download NSC defensive driving tips. Source: Defensive Driving, National Safety Council
While two in three drivers report talking on a cell phone and driving in the past 30 days, nearly three in five say such behavior by other drivers is a serious threat to their own personal safety. Source: 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
New Avoidance Technologies Reduce Crashes
Crash avoidance technologies, such as automatic braking systems and adaptive headlights, are preventing accidents according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Read more about these new technologies (download report).
Decade of Action for Road Safety
The National Safety Council is urging all Americans to get involved in the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020, an initiative of the World Health Organization. The goal: prevent road traffic deaths and injuries that could take the lives of 1.9 million people annually by 2020.
Graduated Driver Licensing Saves Lives
Motor vehicle crashes are the number-one cause of death for teens. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) reduces the crash risk for new teen drivers 20 to 40 percent by emphasizing experience while minimizing hazards like nighttime driving. Look up GDL laws in New Hampshire.
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Contact Experienced NH Car Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a crash, it is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation. Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too! The experienced New Hampshire personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC offer free initial consultations to NH injury victims. Call us at (603) 239-2489, complete a request for a consultation on our website, or send us an email.
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