Safety On The Playground

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Taking the kids to the park is an easy way to let them burn off some energy and enjoy time outdoors. 

But with all the fun, making sure the play area is safe is important too. 

Every year the CDC says playground injuries send 200,000 U.S. children to emergency rooms.

Rose Bickett’s kids haven’t had any serious injuries, but there’s one incident she won’t soon forget.

“Their leg getting stuck between two pieces of equipment and it was pretty traumatic and scary to try to figure out how to get the leg un-lodged,” Bickett said. 

When it comes to injuries, the National Program for Playground Safety says climbers, swings, slides and overhead ladders are often to blame. 

One factor that experts say plays a big role in injuries is what the surface on the bottom of the playground is made up of. 

“We use rubber, rubber tiles and poured-in-place rubber. We also use engineered wood fiber. Both surfaces are ADA accessible and meet the impact continuation standards,” Kelby Mieras with Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation said.

Mieras says the slides at Sioux Falls parks are carefully created with your child’s safety in mind.
“All of our metal slides are gone. We also, as we re-do playground structures we try to orient the slides either north or east to try to keep away from south or west facing slides,” Mieras said.

The city also chooses light colors to avoid heat related injuries.

Children’s Safety Network reports the most injuries stemming from the monkey bars or playground gyms. 

And Mieras says you may start to see less of them in Sioux Falls. In addition to those updates, Sioux Falls parks are inspected once a month.

“You know our playground inspections are a snapshot in time of the conditions of that playground so if you do see something not right with one of those playgrounds please give us a call and let us know so we can address it,” Mieras said. 

That way parents, like Bickett, don’t have to worry when they bring their kids to play. 

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