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Has Your Child Been Injured at a Florida Playground or Recreational Facility?
The National Playground Safety Institute says every year more than 200,000 children are treated in emergency departments because of injuries that took place on playgrounds. About 45% of playground-related injuries are severe–fractures (broken bones), internal injuries, concussions (head and brain injuries), dislocations, and amputations. About 75% of the nonfatal injuries related to playground equipment occur on public playgrounds -- most occur at schools and daycare centers.
Common Causes of Playground Accidents
Parents should not assume that playgrounds are safe and suitable for their children. There can be and often are hidden dangers. Many playgrounds are not tested, inspected, maintained or supervised. While many playground injuries are fortunately minor, some can have long-term, permanent consequences and even cause death.
Playground Safety Standards
Some states have passed laws for playground safety; be sure to check with your state or local parks and recreation department to find out about laws in your area. For those states without specific mandates, Kaboom! says there are three important sets of guidelines and standards that ensure that your playground is safe for children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has a set of standards that are updated every couple of years. The CPSC also issues product recalls and warnings on their website. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), which works to standardize the quality of materials used in manufacturing, has also issued a set of standards (ASTM F1487-95) for playgrounds. Finally, there is a standard for accessibility that comes from the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) that ensures that children of all abilities can have the opportunity to play
The National Program for Playground Safety created S.A.F.E. to help communities across the nation examine the critical issues surrounding playground safety and playground equipment use. There are four contributing factors to properly maintain a safe playground atmosphere.
If your child was seriously injured or died at a school playground, daycare center playground, public playground, city, county or state playground, a residence, a restaurant, an amusement park or water park, and would like to learn more about your legal rights, please call our playground accident attorneys at 561-366-9099 or 877-645-2974 or contact us here.