Why is playground safety important? Less than 5 children 0-9 die from playground injuries each year. However, three hundred and twenty nine (329) children age 0-4 and nine hundred and fifty-four (954)children age 5-9 were admitted to hospital as a result of a playground injury (2010/11). Playground injuries are the second leading cause of injury hospital admissions, after falls in general.As stated in Lesson 1, Introduction to Child Injury Prevention, these admissions are just the tip of the iceberg as many of these children are only seen in a emergency room or at a clinic, andare not admitted to hospital.
Playground injuries are preventable.
The images and messages depicted are the most common ways that children 0-6 are injured in playgrounds. Visit the Images section for each topic to view and download the images with their corresponding messages.
These images can be useful in starting discussion about what caregivers know about how to prevent injury and to problem-solve around the barriers they encounter in keeping their children safe. The images can also be integrated into other resources that you create, such as posters, calendars, displays, etc.
These playground safety examples are based on best practice and share activities that groups have done or could undertake.
Following documents are available for download :
For additional messaging and information visit the Playground Safety section of the Parachute website.
Public Health Agency of Canada analysis of 2009 mortality data from Statistics Canada and 2010/11 hospitalization data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information. (This is the most recent data available.)