If you think that a playground is always a harmless place for a child to play, consider the following statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Safety Council (NSC):
- Every year in the U.S., more than 200,000 children aged 14 and younger are treated for playground injuries in an Emergency Room (ER).
- Severe fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations comprise about 45% of all playground injuries.
- Nearly 80% of all playground injuries are caused by falls.
- Strangulation is one of the top causes of playground death. In a study conducted over ten years, 56% of all playground deaths in children 14 and under were caused by strangulation.
- Children 5 to 9 have the highest rate of ER visits for playground injuries of any age group.
- Playgrounds in low-income areas have the highest rates of injury and fatality and are more likely to have issues like rusted metal, broken equipment, and dangerous fall surfaces.