Is Your Child’s Florida Playground an Accident Waiting to Happen?

by Carmen Dellutri on June 22, 2011

Sarasota accident lawyerAccording to the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), playground accidents result in over 200,000 estimated emergency room-treated injuries annually.

The most recent study of 2,691 playground equipment-related accidents reported to the CPSC from 2001–2008 indicated that falls are the most common hazard pattern (44% of injuries) followed by equipment-related hazards, such as breakage, tip over, design, and assembly (23%). Other hazard patterns involved entrapment and colliding with other children or stationary equipment.

In order to ensure that your child does not fall victim to a Florida playground accident, keep the following safety tips in mind this summer:

  • Playground surfacing material should be 12 inches deep and extend 6 feet in all directions around equipment.
  • Look for playgrounds with shredded rubber, mulch, wood chips or sand. Grass and soil are not good surfaces.
  • Make sure playground equipment is inspected frequently and kept in good repair. If it’s not, report this to your local parks and recreations office.
  • Remove hood and neck drawstrings from children’s clothing and outerwear and don’t let kids wear helmets, necklaces, purses or scarves on the playground.
  • Don’t allow your kids to engage in, or play near, any pushing, shoving or crowding around playground equipment.
  • Keep toddlers under age 5 in a separate play area, away from equipment designed for bigger kids.
  • Actively supervise kids on a playground. Just being in the same area isn’t good enough – they need your undivided attention while playing on or around the equipment.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida playground accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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