Is Your Playground Safe?

by Nurse Rose Melendez | WGTS 91.9 FM

As the saying goes, “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, a longtime Emergency Department nurse and mother of three, shares her tips for staying safe when playing at the playground.

Playgrounds provide great health benefits for children, but do they pose a risk?

Nurse Rose: Playgrounds are a great way to encourage your child to run, jump, swing and climb – all of which are important to a child’s health, wellness and development. However, nearly 200,000 kids wind up in the emergency room every year because of injuries they got on a playground. That includes playsets in parks, at school and in your backyard.

What should parents look for when visiting a playground?

Nurse Rose: Keep your kids safe – and encourage their adventurous spirit by evaluating the safety of your favorite playgrounds.

  • Pick playgrounds appropriate to your child’s age and development.
  • Make sure swings, slides and ladders are sturdy and well maintained before letting your children play.
  • Visit playgrounds with a soft, impact-absorbing surface like mulch, wood chips, rubber or sand.

How can parents keep kids safe at the playground?

Nurse Rose: While you’re at the playground, follow these simple tips to help your kids play safe.

  • Review rules before heading out. Rules should include:
  • Staying near parents and caregivers
  • Avoiding parking lots and nearby roads
  • No pushing or shoving
  • Using equipment as its designed
  • Walking behind swings
  • Keep an eye on your child at all times
Rose Melendez, RN

Rose Melendez, RN

Head of Emergency Department

Rose Melendez, RN is the head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center. Tune into WGTS 91.9 FM every Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. to listen to Nurse Rose live on the radio.

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