Playing in a playground should just be a fun, entertaining time, but sadly there are many dangers that could threaten the well-being of your child. Every year, there are hundreds of thousands of injuries reported in the U.S. alone.

So, what can you do to make sure that your playground is a safe haven for your kids?

As with any part of your home, being observant and doing preventive maintenance will go a long way.

Swings smacking together can be avoided by keeping them at least 24 inches apart and 30 inches from the frame.

The surface of your playground should be soft; cement or asphalt make it much more dangerous.

Regularly check that the equipment is in good repair. If you see rust or damage, repair or replace the equipment.

Don’t have any exposed moving parts where your child’s hand could get stuck and crushed.

Keeping the area clean and clear from debris will also lower the risk of slips and falls.

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