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Playground Safety Tips

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Playgrounds are great places to have fun. To keep having fun without getting hurt, here are some important rules to remember:  

  • Play only on dry equipment. If surfaces are wet, you could slip and fall.  
  • Slide one person at a time. Wait until the person in front of you is on the ground and has moved away from the slide.  
  • Always slide sitting down and facing forward. NEVER slide down headfirst!  
  • Move away from the slide bottom as soon as you reach the ground.  
  • Don't climb over any guardrails. Guardrails are there to protect you.  
  • Climb stairs or steps slowly.  
  • Wear proper footwear. Don't go barefoot, or your foot could get a splinter or a cut.  
  • Hold onto the handrails.  
  • Avoid climbing or sliding on equipment support poles or beams.  
  • Swing sitting down, one person per swing. 
  • Wait until the swing stops before you get off.  
  • Only one person at a time should ride a spring rocker. Rock sitting down.  
  • Be careful when you walk in front of moving swings. You don't want to get hit accidentally!  
  • Don't get burned! If you're playing in the sun, use care. Wear sunscreen so your skin won't get burned. And remember that sun heats metals. A hot slide could burn your skin, too.  

December 2004

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