Welcome to North Shore Health Department The North Shore Health Department Highlights for 4/25/2017 Did You Know? April 24-30 is National Playground Safety Week. Each year over 200,000 children across the country are treated in emergency rooms due to being injured on playgrounds. The National Program for Playground Safety uses the SAFE acronym for adults to check out playgrounds before letting their kids play: · Supervision: Adults should always be present when children play on equipment. · Age-appropriate design: Children are developmentally different in size and ability. Playground structures should be marked by age-ability, and parents should insure that their children are playing in the correct area for their age. · Fall surfacing: Cushioned ground cover under the equipment should be loose-fill or synthetic and not cement, dirt or grass. · Equipment maintenance: Equipment should be in good condition. Metal equipment should not have rust; wood equipment should not have slivers; plastic equipment should not be cracked. In addition, equipment should be examined for openings or gaps where a child’s body or clothing item could get caught. Safe playground equipment and adult supervision are extremely important, but it's only half of the equation: Kids must know how to be safe and act responsibly at the playground. Teach your kids to: · Never push or roughhouse while on jungle gyms, slides, seesaws, swings, and other equipment. · Use equipment properly — slide feet first, don't climb outside guardrails, no standing on swings, etc. · Always wear a helmet while bike riding, but take it off while on playground equipment. · Never use playground equipment that's wet because moisture makes the surfaces slippery. · Check playground equipment in the summertime. It can become uncomfortably or even dangerously hot, especially metal slides, handrails, and steps. Contact burns can occur within seconds. · Wear clothes that do not have drawstrings or cords. Drawstrings, purses, and necklaces could get caught on equipment and accidentally strangle a child. Learn more at: http://www.playgroundsafety.org/safety-week/introduction and http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/playground.html Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.