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Is the playground surface made of soft material like rubber matting or wood chips?
Is playground equipment attached securely to a safe surface, free of loose parts, rust, or splintered wood?

Are children supervised on playground equipment?

Are children encouraged to avoid pushing and shoving and to wait their turn to use playground equipment?

Have children been taught how to use slides, swings and other equipment safely?

Have children been taught to keep a safe distance when others are swinging?

Do children wear the proper protective gear for their sport:
  football: pads, helmet, mouthguard?
  baseball: mitt and batting helmet?
  soccer: shin guards?
  biking: helmet?
  in-line skating: helmet, wrist guards, elbow and knee pads?

Do children dress properly for outdoor winter play: winter weight coat, hat, gloves and boots?

Is sledding equipment sturdy, safely constructed and easily steered?

Do children sled on a packed snow (not ice) surface that is free of rocks, trees and other obstacles, and away from traffic?

This checklist can help you start thinking about home safety. For more information, see our fact sheets listed on the previous page and:

National Safety Council
National Program for Playground Safety

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