The questions and answers in this brochure are designed to help you, as a parent, to make healthy and safe choices for your children.
Yes! Each year, over 200,000 children are treated in hospital emergency departments as a result of playground-related injuries. That equals one child every two minutes.
Falls account for three-fourths of all playground injuries. Having a cushioned surface under and around playground equipment is the best way to prevent these injuries.
Yes. Bicycle helmets should always be worn when cycling, but should never be worn when playing on playground equipment. The helmet can become caught in the equipment and cause a child to choke.
Contact the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Columbus® (IFCK), a program of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at (614) 722-2400 or NationwideChildrens.org/injuryresearch. Or contact the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at 800-638-2772, or http://www.cpsc.gov to receive a copy of the “CPSC Handbook for Playground Safety” and other safety-related materials.
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