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Parks and Playgrounds: Let's Keep Them Fun And Enjoyable For Our Children.

With the present advancements of technology in today's digital world, it looks like "little Johnny" may be better equipped to use an IPhone or IPad than to play in a pick-up game of dodge ball, T-ball, or even hop-scotch. The children of today are introduced to technology at a much younger age then even ten years ago. For today's children, these technologies can serve as a source of entertainment, education, and can certainly help babysitters as a go-to device to keep kids calm and happy. Statistics reveal that children are using technology at an earlier age than ever before and as a result they tend to spend far less time running around in the park or on the playground with their friends.

In the last few years, playgrounds have undergone a significant transformation throughout the country. Parks that once were full of tall, sprawling wood and steel structures have been slowly replaced by playgrounds that put the safety of children above all else. These "safer" structures have proven beneficial in the reduction of injuries. However, the goal now appears to be to facilitate parks and playgrounds where safety and enjoyment collaborate for entertainment that can overcome the attachment children have with their hi-tech devices. As such, it is certain that the iconic playground structures we all grew up with, such as see-saws, monkey bars, Tarzan ropes, jungle gyms, and tall slides, still have a place in today's technological era.

Modern day playground owners, park associations and playground equipment manufacturers are big fans of a "safer" style of equipment. Why? Because, in theory, it lessens their potential legal liability for playground-related injuries. Parents too should be glad. After all, no one wants to see children injured on a playground. Unfortunately it does happen, however it's at a much lower rate than typically reported. According to research conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), very few playground owners and manufacturers are found negligible in cases where parents have sued because of child injury. One case cited by the NRPA involved a 9-year-old boy who tried to climb on top of a 7-foot high play structure with a slanted roof, but ended up falling. His parents unsuccessfully sued the manufacturer of the play structure arguing that it was unsafe. The court ruled in favor of the manufacturer after concluding that the child was sufficiently intelligent enough to know that he could fall off the structure and potentially injury himself. Needless to say, while recovery for injuries may prove difficult, it also underscores the importance of finding an experienced personal injury attorney to work on your behalf.

Our kids should enjoy playing at our local parks and playgrounds. In order to ensure that your children play without injury, here are a few suggestions to make certain that everyone has a good time while staying safe:

  • Kids should wear proper shoes
  • Avoid the sand
  • Watch out for hot surfaces
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Know your child's limits and pay attention to what they are doing
  • Do a safety check on playground equipment before your child uses it
  • Bring water and snacks
  • Beware of stranger danger. Children should know not to talk to strangers, but really you are the first line of defense for preventing these sorts of issues, so pay attention!

Following the above tips can help to ensure that you and your family have an enjoyable time on your next family outing. On that note, be sure to report any playground safety hazards you may come across on your next trip out to the park. If you or someone you know has had the misfortunate of being injured in a playground accident, please don't hesitate to contact our law firm with questions.

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