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Playground Safety: It Can Make or Break Your Summer Fun!

With the weather heating up, the excitement of summer vacation becomes evident in schools & daycares everywhere! Staying safe for summer continues to be a top priority, especially when statistics show playground injuries escalate in the month prior to and after summer! It seems that the anticipation of summer or returning to school increases the odds of accidental injury occurring during playtime. In fact: 

*  40% of all injuries occur at the beginning and the end of every school year   

*  70% occur on public playgrounds

*  70% of those injuries are severe and involve falls to the surface?

*  that severe injury includes concussions, stitches, fractures and even worse?

CRAZY, right?! Who knew the changing of seasons could have such a large impact on the number of childhood injuries, especially in a playground setting.   Perhaps it’s the influx of excitement or the increased time playing outside in sunny weather; there are many common factors that attribute to the increase in injuries. However, in many cases, these startling accidents can be prevented.  Here are a few simple tips to ensure that your little ones stay safe for summer:

Playground Safety

  1. Responsible Supervision – Close supervision by a responsible adult may be the most important factor in preventing injury. Adults should keep a watchful eye on children while they are at play to help prevent accidents or even playground scuffles that can lead to an accident.
  2. Age-Appropriate Areas – When visiting a playground, look around to make sure it has a separate, age-appropriate area for children 5 and under. This will prevent little ones from getting injuries from accidents or collisions with older children.
  3. Avoid Hazards – Being aware includes looking for hazards, such as broken playground equipment and dangerous surfaces. In addition, make sure the grounds are as free of any debris (i.e. litter, glass) as much as possible. This can help prevent children from tripping and falling to the ground or causing other injuries like cuts.
  4. Impact Absorbing Surfaces – There are surfaces specifically designed to help absorb impact in case of an accident. These are the best surfaces for children to play on. Look for playgrounds that have rubber mats or shredded rubber, artificial turf, or even mulch. There are a variety of substances, but the point is to avoid having children at play on non-impact absorbing surfaces, such as concrete or gravel.
  5. Check Clothing – During the fall and winter months, we often dress our children in layers. This could include hoodies, sweatshirts, or other items that have drawstrings around the neck. To help avoid having children getting these strings caught on playground equipment, parents should remove hood and neck drawstrings from outerwear.
  6. Remove Bike Helmets – Sometimes parents feel it’s best for children to play while wearing bike helmets to protect their heads in case of an accidental fall. This actually could impede your child’s play for numerous reasons and lead to serious injury. Therefore, it is recommended that bike helmets be removed before children use playground equipment.
  7. Encourage Proper Behavior – One of the best ways to prevent playground injuries is to teach children proper playground behavior (such as no pushing, shoving, or crowding). Teaching children how to play properly and be respectful of others on playground equipment can help prevent many injuries and scuffles that could lead to injury.

Being safe is the farthest thing from a child’s mind.  It is the parents’, educators’, and playground supervisors’ job to alert our children about the potential dangers of school playgrounds. It all starts with these few tips. To help ensure that your child’s teacher and care-providers are informed, use this handy tip sheet provided by Safe Kids Worldwide.

For additional tips on the prevention of broken bones and other “Feel Better, Heal Better” topics, spend a little time on our blog.

Already Injured? We’ve Got You Covered

Maybe you’ve stumbled across our website because your child has already experienced misfortune on the playground!  As you can imagine, a child in any type of cast or orthopedic device faces a number of discomforts; casts scratching on skin or Fido, snagging clothing or furniture, not being able to play in water without waterproof protection boots getting dirty from constant wear & tear? CastCoverz! offers a number of colorful solutions to brighten your child’s injury, helping your little one feel better & heal better.  

Back-To-School Prep: Preventing Playground Injuries

Playground Injuries

As concerned parents, we have a lot to worry about when it comes to our kids. Their well-being and safety is always a top priority for us. That extends to the playground. Back-to-school is here for many of our children; therefore, I wanted to share some of my back-to-school prep tips for preventing playground injuries. Continue reading

Back-to-School Tips for a Smooth Start

It’s Back-to-School time again! Your children are most likely feeling excited to see their friends again, sad that summer is over, and quite possibly having some first-day jitters. Moms and dads have the same range of emotions, from being relieved to getting back into the school routine, yet disappointed that family vacation time is coming to an end.

Back-to-School time is a busy time of year from school supply and back-to-school clothes shopping, to early bed times and LOTS of  paperwork to fill out, assuring the school has all of your current information (phone numbers and medical needs being most important!)

Here are some great tips from FamilyEducation.com to help get your new school year off to a GREAT start:

Did you know most accidents, nearly 70%, occur on public playgrounds, including school playgrounds?  More than one-third of all playground injuries are severe, with children experiencing broken bones, internal injuries, concussions, and dislocations.  For more information on playground safety, be sure to read CastCoverZ!’s very own Annette Giacomazzi’s guest blog post Playground Safety, featured by Tailor Made Momma.

CastCoverZ! provides FUN, functional, and fashionable products that comfort orthopedic patients; from cast, brace, and orthotic boot covers to colored crutches, crutch covers, waterproof protectors (DryPro) and CastCooler for sheer relief. One of our biggest jobs, as a parent, is to keep our children safe!  Should an accident occur, CastCoverZ! is here to help your child feel better, so they heal better!

Keeping Our Children Safe and Break Free

As back-to-school time is arriving, keeping our children safe during summer activities, especially avoiding broken bones is at the top of any parent’s list.  Annette d. Giacomazzi, Founder and Owner of CastCoverZ!, is an expert when it comes to broken bones (and avoiding them!)  She has provided some helpful advice on how to keep kids break-free, in their latest press release “Help the Kids Stay Break-Free This Summer.”

Did you know thousands of children are treated for playground related injuries each year?  The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons considers these numbers alarming enough to provide the following playground safety tips, in their press release “How Safe is Your Child’s Playground?

CastCoverZ! provides functional and fashionable products designed to cover casts, orthotic walking boots, splints and braces, and companion products; such as CastCooler, DryPro, and CastShield, to bring relief and comfort to orthopedic patients.

Annette d. Giacomazzi and CastCoverZ!

In addition to keeping our kids safe during summer activities and on playgrounds specifically, going to and from school and staying safe while at school are just as important!  School is where children spend the majority of their time, outside of their own home; thus, the National Crime Prevention Council has provided some advice for parents on making sure their kids stay safe at school and while traveling to and from, in “What Parents Can Do to Keep Kids Safe at School.”

As a parent, we all strive to keep our children as safe as possible.  With resources available to us, like those above, keeping our children safe is a very attainable goal!