According the CDC, each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries (Tinsworth 2001).
While all children who use playgrounds are at risk for injury, girls sustain injuries (55%) slightly more often than boys (45%) (Tinsworth 2001).
One of the biggest risk factors is on public playgrounds, more injuries occur on climbers than on any other equipment (Tinsworth 2001).
Of all playground injuries, 59%* occur when the child hits the playground surface. One of the best ways of prevent these types of injuries is by providing safe fall materials for playgrounds.
In 1995, playground-related injuries among children ages 14 and younger cost an estimated $1.2 billion (Office of Technology Assessment 1995).
Children ages 5 to 9 have higher rates of emergency department visits for playground injuries than any other age group. Most of these injuries occur at school (Phelan 2001).
Between 1990 and 2000, 147 children ages 14 and younger died from playground-related injuries. Of them:
- 82 (56%) died from strangulation
- 31 (20%) died from falls to the playground surface.
- Most of these deaths (70%) occurred on home playgrounds
Playground Surfaces need Rubber Surfacing because safety is important for playgrounds. We offer premium playground rubber surfacing to protect children from bumps and scraps.
We have multiple colors that can blend in with the playground equipment.
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Phelan KJ, Khoury J, Kalkwarf HJ, Lanphear BP. Trends and patterns of playground injuries in United States children and adolescents. Ambulatory Pediatrics 2001;1(4):227-33.
Suecoff SA, Avner JR, Chou KJ, Crain EF. A Comparison of New York City Playground Hazards in High- and Low–Income Areas. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 1999;153:363-6.
Tinsworth D, McDonald J. Special Study: Injuries and Deaths Associated with Children’s Playground Equipment. Washington (DC): U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; 2001.