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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Playground dangers

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, emergency departments in the U.S. treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground injuries each year.

In a recent 10 year period, 147 children died from playground injuries. About 45 percent of the injuries are severe – fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations and amputations.

Girls sustain injuries slightly more than boys (55% to 45%) and children 5 to 9 are at the highest risk.

More injuries occur on climbers than other playground equipment, with swings responsible for many other injuries.

What can be done to prevent the injuries? Proper selection, placement and maintenance of playground equipment, along with effective supervision of children can help reduce accidents or reduce their severity.