It’s a good thing to let children exercise and enjoy themselves in outdoor playgrounds, but here are few common dangers in which to be aware:
- Hot equipment
Black rubber mats and metal slides heat with direct sunlight can cause burns to your child. Always check the temperature before proceeding.
- Dirty sandpits
Sand can harbour bacteria, with cats prone to using it as a litter box. Young children tend to want to taste everything, so ensure your sandpit is covered at night and look to see that it is reasonably clean
- Sharp/Hard Objects
Whether it is a piece of broken equipment or a metal bolt, these can be a hazard in the playground, especially with children jumping and moving about.
Lead is found in protective rubber mulch used in playgrounds and can cause harm to a child. Arsenic is typically found in older wooden playgrounds.
Check for ‘innocent’ items like paper bags or plastic wrappers – they may cause a running child to slip and fall.
By making sure that your child is supervised and being aware of some of the common hidden playground hazards, you should be able to avoid most dangerous situations.