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revised December 16, 2011

Arrow BulletPlayground Safety Tips


1. Check Your Children

Ensure that your child does not have:
  • Bicycle helmets
  • Sandals
  • Bare feet
  • Drawstrings on any clothing
  • Loose clothing
  • Scarves (neck warmer instead)
Skipping ropes are allowed on or near the playground only.

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2. Check the Playground

  • Make sure it is suitable for your child's age - if your child cannot reach the equipment, he/she should not be using it.
  • Choose a playground with a surface that has soft rubber mats, lots of sand, pea gravel or wood chips.
  • Check the depth of the surface with your shoe to ensure it is 6 in. (15 cm) deep.
  • Check for things that can harm your child, i.e. sharp edges, broken glass, garbage or bolts that stick out.
  • Check for spaces that your child's head or neck could get stuck in. The spaces should be smaller than 3.5 in. (9 cm) and larger than 9 in. (22.5 cm).
  • Check that there are appropriate barriers to prevent falls.
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3. Always Supervise Your Children

  • You should stay close enough to your child, so you can reach him/her at all times.
  • Teach your child the rules of the playground, i.e. one person on a slide at one time, no bullying behaviour, holding on to rails.
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