Each year, more than 200,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency rooms with injuries associated with playground equipment. Here's how you can help make every playground safe:
First get a ruler and measure exactly how much surfacing - wood chips, mulch, sand or pea gravel is under your playground equipment. Do you have 12 inches of surfacing? If not, tell your parent or teacher - good surfacing helps prevent serious playground injuries!
Check for sharp points or edges in equipment. If the edge of the playground equipment looks sharp, it could be dangerous. Tell your parent or teacher immediately!
Print a copy of Kidd Safety's Playground Safety Checklist (pdf) and give it to your parents or teacher. Adults need to know how to keep kids safe on the playground.
Last year, over 40,000 people were taken to hospital emergency rooms in the U.S. because of injuries from riding scooters. Most of the injuries were to kids under 15! Here are some good tips that all kids should follow when riding their scooters:
- Always wear a helmet, elvow and knee pads.
- Always ride your scooter during the daytime.
- Stay away from sand, gravel, water and dirt.
- Always ride your scooter on the sidewal or paved off-road paths. Stay away from cars and other vehicles.
More safety tips from kids.gov:
Beach Kids! - Things to know about being safe at your beach.
Bikes and Wheel Sport Safety Kids Page - (NYS Department of Motor Vehicles) - Bike riding and skating along the side of the road is dangerous. Go to this useful website to learn about equipment, helmets, traffic signs and signals. Play the jigsaw safety puzzle!
CDC's Rabies Web Page That's Just for Kids! - In the United States today, about 93 of every 100 reported cases of rabies are in wild animals. Most of the cases are found in raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. Cats had the largest number of reported rabies cases in pets. Learn more about rabies and how to protect your pet.
FBI's Safety Tips - (Federal Bureau of Investigation) - This site provides some important safety tips about the Internet, talking to strangers, and guns.
Fire Safety - Learn all about arson dogs, fire trucks, and fire safety. Take the quiz to see how much you have learned.
Stop Bullying Now! - (Health Resources and Services Administration) - If you are being bullied and have a hard time defending yourself, check out this site on what you can do.
Cyberbullying - Stop Bullying Now! - (Health Resources and Services Administration) - Cyberbullying, which is sometimes referred to as online social cruelty or electronic bullying, can involve: Sending mean, vulgar, or threatening messages or images or pretending to be someone else in order to make that person look bad.
Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect - Resources on child abuse prevention, protecting children from risk of abuse, and strengthening families. Includes information on supporting families, protective factors, public awareness, community activities, positive parenting, prevention programs, and more.