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Numbers Don’t Lie About Iowa Playground Injuries

Children love to play, especially on playground equipment. When a playground becomes a danger zone, it can take the fun right out of a child and cause injuries plus physical and emotional scarring.

Playground-related injuries in Iowa and throughout the United States have more than doubled since 1980 and are caused by a number of factors, including: defective playground equipment, swing accidents, failure to provide protective surfacing in case of a fall, lack of adult supervision, and more.

According to a playground safety fact sheet from Safe Kids USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing childhood injuries, hundreds of children have died on public playground equipment over the years, and hundreds of thousands have sustained playground-related injuries.

Facts on Playground Injuries and Fatalities

  • 147 children died between 1990 and 2000 due to playground equipment.
  • 8,250 children under the age of 2 were injured on playground equipment and treated in emergency rooms in 2001.
  • 206,900 children ages 14 and under suffered playground-related injuries in 2004.
  • About 75% of playground injuries are to children ages 5 to 14.
  • Approximately 50% of playground-related injuries occur to children ages 5 to 9, and the majority of these playground accidents occur at school.
  • About 45% of playground injuries are serious, including dislocations, concussions, fractures, internal injuries and amputations.
  • Children ages 4 and younger are more prone to suffer face and head injuries.
  • Children ages 5 to 14 typically sustain injuries to the hands and arms.
  • Female children sustain more playground-related injuries than male children.
  • Falls are the most common non-fatal playground injury.
  • Strangulation is the leading cause of playground fatalities.

Although playground falls are typically non-fatal, there are many fall-related deaths associated with playground equipment. According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study, about 80 percent of public playgrounds had protective surfacing to protect children in case of a fall. That means about 20 percent of playgrounds do not have protective surfacing and can increase your child's risks for head injuries and fatalities in the event of a fall.

3 Things You Can Do to Help Reduce Your Child's Playground Injuries

  1. Inspect the playground prior to letting your child play on it - this includes even the school playground.
  2. Verify that there is protective surfacing underneath the playground equipment and swings.
  3. Supervise your child or confirm that there is adequate adult supervision at the school playground.

If your child suffered Iowa playground injuries after a playground accident at school, at a public park, or at someone else's house, you need to find out your rights. Call an experienced Cedar Rapids product liability lawyer to speak with a qualified attorney at the law offices of Brady Preston Gronlund at (319) 866-9277 in a free legal evaluation.

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