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Playground Injury Statistics and a Few Safety Tips

The top causes of fatal playground incidents are hanging and asphyxiation. From 2009 through 2014, there were one and a half million playground injuries reported with thirty four resulting in death. This is just one of many reasons we recommend increased liability limits and the purchase of an Umbrella policy.


The top 4 places for playground injuries:

·        Home  66%

·        Restaurant  26%

·        Park  3%

Boys on Tire Swing

·        School  2%


34 deaths from playground equipment:

·        19 by hanging or asphyxiation

·        5 on slides

·        5 on swings

·        2 on rope swings

·        4 on a composite play structure

·        2 on zip lines


Head and neck injuries:

·        8 of the 34 deaths

·        3 on swings

·        2 on a composite play structure


There were two deaths due to drowning and in both cases, the child fell or slid down a non-pool slide into a pool.


Injuries were mostly caused by monkey bars, swings, and slides:

·        Monkey bars or playground gym  34%

Child with Ice on Wrist

·        Swing set  25%

·        Slides  21%

·        Other playground equipment  9%

·        Not specified  9%

·        Teeter Totters  2%


Types of Injuries

·        Fractures  34%

·        Contusions/Abrasions  17%

·        Lacerations  15%

·        Strains/Sprains  13%

·        Internal organ injuries  9%

·        Others  6%

·        Concussions/dislocations/dental/hematomas  1% each


Injured body parts


·        Arms  41%

·        Head  18%

·        Legs  16%

·        Face  15%


Here are some Safety Tips to use in addition to your existing practices:


·        Actively supervise the children

·        Use appropriate playground equipment

·        Never attach an kind of restraints (ropes, leashes, etc.) to the playground equipment

·        Make sure that there are no drawstrings on the child’s clothing

·        Be sure that the surface of the playground has 9-12 inches of wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, or safety tested rubber mats

·        The protective surface should extend at least 6 feet from the playground equipment in all directions

·        Look out for potential tripping hazards

·        Check for hot surfaces that can burn bare skin


Summer is upon us and the temperatures are rising, especially in the inland areas. Let the kids be kids by being active but utilize some common sense practices to keep them safe from harm or worse.


Posted 3:05 PM

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