Friday, July 3, 2009

Summer Safety Tips from American Academy of Pediatrics

PLAYGROUND SAFETY
Source: http://www.aap.org/advocacy/archives/maytra.htm
Source: http://www.aap.org/family/playgrd.htm

* The playground should have safety-tested mats or loose-fill materials (shredded rubber, sand, wood chips, or bark) maintained to a depth of at least 9 inches. The protective surface should be installed at least 6 feet (more for swings and slides) in all directions from the equipment.
* Equipment should be carefully maintained. Open “s” hooks or protruding bolt ends can be hazardous.
* Swing seats should be made of soft materials such as rubber, plastic or canvas.
* Make sure children cannot reach any moving parts that might pinch or trap any body part.
* Never attach—or allow children to attach—ropes, jump ropes, leashes, or similar items to play equipment; children can strangle on these.
* Make sure metal slides are cool to prevent children's legs from getting burned.
* Parents should never purchase a home trampoline or allow children to use home trampolines.
* Parents should supervise children on play equipment to make sure they are safe.

Other topics include:
HEAT STRESS IN EXERCISING CHILDREN
BUG SAFETY
POOL SAFETY
BICYCLE SAFETY
LAWN MOWER SAFETY
SKATEBOARD, SCOOTER, IN-LINE SKATING AND HEELYS SAFETY