Children need plenty of play and activity in order to stay healthy and strong. School and community playgrounds stimulate their creativity, while providing them a way to get the activity they need and encouraging positive socialization with others. For parents of young children, playgrounds can provide an outlet for recreation, but they can also be one of the main sources of accidents and injuries. A new playground built by a national non-profit recently opened in the Kissimmee area, and it calls attention to the importance of providing children with areas in which to play, while emphasizing the need to ensure playground safety.
New Playground Increases Awareness of Safety Issues
According to a report in the Osceola News-Gazette, a national non-profit chose the Kissimmee area for the development and building of a new playground the will serve more than 2,700 children. With the help of over 200 volunteers, the playground was constructed in under six hours through grants and funding made available through KaBOOM! a national nonprofit that encourages children’s health and fitness by building playgrounds in communities across the country. According to KaBOOM!’s website, the ideal playground gives children the opportunity to play, create, and interact with others, while utilizing materials and equipment that ensures the children’s safety.
One of the biggest concerns when building playgrounds is the surface materials used in construction. The group states that more than 200,000 children each year visit hospital emergency rooms as the result of playground injuries, and that the majority of the injuries suffered are due to falls on unsafe surfacing. According to information on playground safety from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, common types of playground injuries include the following:
- Broken bones;
- Muscle and tendon sprains and tears;
- Bruising and contusions;
- Dislocated joints;
- Internal injuries; and
- Head Injuries, including concussions.
Preventing Playground Injuries
To help prevent injuries, KaBOOM! encourages the use of both synthetic and natural materials, such as sand, pea gravel, mulch, and rubber mats to cushion slip and fall accidents. KaBOOM!’s playground surface table is a handy guide for parents, listing the pros and cons of different materials commonly used in playgrounds. An additional way to protect your child from injuries is to ensure that any equipment they play upon is safely constructed and age appropriate. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Public Playground Guide offers guidelines for safety, as well as a list of recalled playground equipment that has been shown to be dangerous in terms of causing accidents and injuries.
Call Us for Assistance
If your child is injured while using a public playground or as the result of unsafe playground equipment, you may be entitled to compensation through an insurance company settlement or by filing a personal injury lawsuit. At Hogan Frick, our experienced Florida personal injury and accident attorneys understand how serious and life impacting these types of injuries can be. Our team of attorneys and staff provide comprehensive, caring legal service that your family can depend on, while advising you on the best course of action to get the compensation your child needs to recover.