Safe playgrounds help reduce the risk of injury to children. This YES test helps you to check that your child is ready for safe play. Take the YES test by reviewing the list of items below. You and your child are ready for safe play once you can check off all of the boxes.
Use playground equipment that is good for your child's age and that your child can:
Preschool-age children and school-age children need different types of playground equipment.
Your young child does not understand when he is in danger of hurting himself.
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Check the playground for:
Check the playground surface for hazards before letting your child play.
Make sure the ground:
These items of clothing can cause choking if they get wrapped around a child's neck.
Your child could strangle on a play structure from a drawstring or a scarf dangling around her neck.
Teach your child the following playground rules:
Actively supervise your child:
Stay beside your child as they learn to climb and play on a structure.
Report any problems with playground equipment to your local
Environmental Public Health office, your city or town office, community centre, or school.
Current as of: March 3, 2021
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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