According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 200,000 children have to go to the emergency room each year to treat injuries sustained on playgrounds. The CPSC has released updated safety guidelines for schools, day cares, and other organizations that design and maintain playgrounds.
The agency's recommendations include the following:
The most common playground injuries among children were fractures, lacerations, contusions / abrasions, and strains / sprains. Falls were associated with 79 percent of public playground injuries and 81 percent of home playground injuries. From January 1990 to 2000, the CPSC received reports of 147 deaths to children under the age of 15 that involved playground equipment.