A playground hazard is anything in a playspace that has the potential to cause serious injuries. Hazards differ from challenges and risks – children need opportunities to experience risk and challenge in playgrounds.
Common playground hazards include:
Hard surfaces under equipment
Inadequate fall zones and playground surfacing
Lack of maintenance, broken or faulty equipment
Potential entrapment hazards
Pinch points and sharp edges
Protrusions and tangling hazards
High platforms without barriers
Inappropriate use or play
Overcrowded play areas, and;
Contamination with dangerous items such as broken glass and syringes
Careful planning, design and maintenance can assist in avoiding these hazards and preventing or reducing the severity of playground injuries.
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