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Playgroup Safety Tips

With warmer weather finally arriving to Chicago, many children are venturing out to neighborhood parks and playgrounds.  While playgrounds can be the source of hours of fun and happy memories for children, parents and caregivers must remain vigilant about playground safety in order to prevent serious injuries.

There are several things that parents and caregivers can do in order to minimize the risk of injury to children, including the following:

  • Visit the playground or park in advance. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to visit the playground in advance of their children in order to identify any hidden hazards.

  • Assess the location of the playgroup or park. If the park or playground is located near a busy road or intersection, there should be adequate fences or other barriers in order to keep children from running into the road.

  • Take note of the surface of the playground. Playground surfaces that provide cushion for falls can reduce the risk of serious injuries.  Wood chips, mulch, shredded rubber, rubberized asphalt and sand are all considered good playground surfaces.  Grass, concrete and hard-packed dirt are not as safe.  According to Consumer Reports, playground surfaces should be at least 12 inches thick and extend at least 6 feet in all directions around playground equipment.

  • Examine the placement and condition of play structures. Play structures, especially swing sets, should not be too close to other structures.  Placement of structures should allow for maximum visibility from all locations within the playground.  Playground equipment should also be in good condition.  If the equipment or structures are not in safe condition, you should contact the local parks and recreation department.

  • Remove any necklaces, purses, scarves or other long strings from the child’s clothing. These items can get hooked and can entrap or strangle a child.

Parks and playgrounds can offer a great deal of fun for children and their caregivers, provided that common sense and safety recommendations are followed.  The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are committed to promoting child safety and protecting the victims of personal injury accidents.   If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact one of our skilled personal injury attorneys to schedule a free consultation to discuss your personal injury claims.

Steinberg, Goodman, & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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