Playground Safety Week is April 22-26
There's no place that a child would rather be than the playground. And while playground equipment has become much safer over the years, there is still a lot that we can do to help our kids to play safe.
During this year's National Playground Safety Week, we can all take time to teach children about how to make good choices on the playground, make sure playgrounds have safe equipment, and post proper playground traffic signs.
2013's Playground Safety Week is themed "Safe Sliders." The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) has had almost half of the country's governors proclaim Playground Safety Week in their state this year, supporting safe playgrounds for our kids.
Our actions are the most important for our children's safety. During this week we should take the time to insure that our children learn about safe practices on playgrounds. We can achieve this by reaching out to our schools and civic centers to promote programs and distribute information about playground safety.
If you work in a school or municipality's recreation department, this would be a great opportunity to host a discussion or hold an assembly where safety tips can be shared. These tips should be short and sweet - an important tip to keep in mind while teaching the youngest children.
The CDC reports that over 200,000 children go to the ER every year due to playground-related injuries. Nearly half of those injuries are severe, including broken bones, concussions, and dislocated joints.
By focusing on playground safety, we are taking the time to prevent these injuries. For more information about National Playground Safety Week, and what you can do to make these places safer, visit the NPPS site for an introduction to this program. There you can learn about the state proclamations, "Play S.A.F.E." activities, and receive educational materials.