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Is your child’s favorite playground safe?

Keeping your children busy during the summer months can be a challenge, but parks and playgrounds in New York are a draw that may entice them away from screen-related activities. Before you turn them loose and sit down on a park bench to enjoy the sunshine, though, you should be aware of playground-related risks for brain injury.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that more children are sustaining traumatic brain injuries on playground equipment, CBS News reports. The statistics indicate that your child may be in particular danger on swings, monkey bars and jungle gyms. Although safety experts do not believe that this equipment is a hazard in itself, no child should hang upside down, and for this reason, monkey bars may be particularly dangerous. Age appropriate equipment and use are also factors in safety.

Many playground facilities have raised their standards when it comes to the surfaces below the play areas. Your child is much less likely to be hurt if he or she falls on a rubber mat, mulch or sand. However, any blow to the head may warrant medical attention.

About 21,000 children under the age of 15 go to a hospital emergency room with a traumatic brain injury each year, and children between the ages of five and nine account for more than half of that number. Six out of every 10 are boys. Supervision may be the most important factor in keeping kids safe on playgrounds. This information is provided to alert you to the need for caution on playgrounds, but it is not intended as medical or legal advice.

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