Playground Equipment 24

Playground Equipment
For children, there may be nothing more exciting in​ the​ backyard than having fun and​ safe playground equipment .​
Some of​ my fondest childhood memories revolve around the​ swing set in​ my back yard as​ well as​ the​ toys I​ played on at​ school on the​ playground .​
This playground equipment isn’t always safe, however .​
I​ also remember a​ classmate in​ second grade falling from a​ jungle gym and​ breaking his leg because he didn’t listen to​ the​ teachers .​
Good playground equipment is​ great, but it​ must be used safely.
When it​ comes to​ swing sets, never buy cheap models .​
You are just asking for​ trouble .​
When you buy playground equipment of​ any type, you want to​ pay more to​ make sure the​ units are sturdy and​ safe .​
Swing sets and​ other pieces of​ playground equipment need to​ be anchored down, and​ if​ the​ model you get doesn’t allow for​ this, you are asking for​ someone to​ get hurt .​
There are many types from which to​ choose, but for​ safety reasons, you may want to​ go with a​ good solid wood set, rather than aluminum .​
Some aluminum models may work well, and​ might be safe, but make sure before you buy.
Safety for​ playground equipment not only means buying quality items, it​ also means teaching your children when and​ how to​ play .​
The little boy in​ my class broke his leg, not because the​ equipment was faulty, but because he didn’t listen .​
We were forbidden from climbing on any of​ the​ playground equipment in​ the​ early morning hours because they were always covered with morning dew .​
This dew left the​ equipment wet and​ slippery .​
He ignored this rule, climbed the​ jungle gym, and​ then had to​ walk around on crutches for​ six weeks afterwards .​
After that, he was sure to​ follow the​ rules quite closely .​
It was a​ good lesson for​ the​ rest of​ us as​ well.
Teach your children that wet playground equipment is​ not to​ be used, and​ make sure they know how to​ use each piece safely .​
Allow them to​ do age appropriate activities, and​ don’t allow younger children to​ play without direct adult supervision .​
Children don’t understand the​ limits of​ their own bodies, and​ may end up hurt because they aren’t aware of​ what is​ safe and​ what is​ not .​
The same goes for​ playground equipment at​ school .​
Remind them to​ listen to​ their teachers, and​ to​ play safely .​
a​ jungle gym is​ no place for​ pushing and​ shoving.

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