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State Exercises Little Control, Enforcement Over School Playgrounds

Posted: December 15, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Snow covers the playground at Glenn Duffy Elementary School in Gravette on Thursday December 12, 2013. The school conducts regular in-house inspections of their playgrounds in addition to official state inspections, and when two bolts on this jungle gym were found to be protruding too far the school repaired the problem within a week according to Gravette Public Schools Facilities and Transportation Director Richard Carver.

A 9-year-old boy died from his injuries when an unanchored, movable soccer goal on a Bentonville playground fel on him in 2011.

Fast Fact

Equipment

On public playgrounds, more injuries among children occur on “climbers” than on any other equipment.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

By the Numbers

Playground Injuries

• More than 200,000 children 14 and younger are treated in emergency rooms nationwide after playground-related injuries.

• About 75 percent of nonfatal injuries on playground equipment happen on public playgrounds, mostly at schools and daycare centers.

• About 45 percent of playground-related injuries are severe fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations and amputations.

Source: www.cdc.gov fact sheet.

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