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Playground Safety Statistics

  • Since 1982, there have been 18 playground deaths in Canada. Many of these deaths were due to strangulation and head entrapment. Others were due to falls from playground equipment. (Source: Product Safety Bureau, Health Canada, Personal Communication. October, 1999.)
  • In 1997-98, 2,057 children were hospitalized due to falls from playground equipment. Falls from playground equipment accounted for 8 per cent of all hospital admissions of children up to 14 years of age. (Source: Coppens, N.M. and Gentry, L.K. Video Analysis of Playground Injury-Risk Situation, "Research in Nursing & Health", 1991; 14, 129-136.)
  • The risk of injuries related to falls increases with the height of the playground equipment and equipment higher than 5 ft. (1.5 m) increased the risk of severe injury twofold. (Source: Macarthur, C., Hu, W., Wesson, D., Parkin, P.C. Risk factors for severe injuries associated with falls from playground equipment: a case-control study. "Accident Analysis and Prevention", 1999.)
  • Health Canada estimates that more than 28,500 Canadian children (under age 20) are treated by hospitals for playground related injuries. (Source: Lesage, D. and Laforest, S. Playground equipment injuries: Circumstances, nature of injuries and opportunities for action. Chapter 12 in Health Canada. "For the Safety of Canadian Children and Youth: From Injury Data to Preventive Measures", 1997.)
  • Reports from 16 Canadian hospitals show that more than 4,000 emergency visits are reported each year. (Source: Lesage, D. and Laforest, S. Playground equipment injuries: Circumstances, nature of injuries and opportunities for action. Chapter 12 in Health Canada. "For the Safety of Canadian Children and Youth: From Injury Data to Preventive Measures", 1997.)
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