By MyNewPlace Guest Blogger, Ron Leshnower – About.com’s Apartment Living Expert
If you’ve got children or you expect kids to visit you at your apartment this summer, you might decide to take them to a playground at your apartment complex or in the neighborhood. Playgrounds can be a lot of fun and offer a great alternative to just hanging out in your apartment while it’s nice and sunny outside.
But playgrounds can also be dangerous and cause injuries to children who are unaware of the risks.
Here are two important but often overlooked risks that you and any children under your watch should keep in mind:
1. Playing while wearing a bicycle helmet. If you’re going to a playground that’s not within your apartment complex, you might ride bikes to get there. Once you arrive, however, be sure that children remove their bike helmets before enjoying the playground. Otherwise, a child’s helmet may get stuck in playground equipment, leading to serious neck injuries. Read more about avoiding this risk.
2. Not checking for hot surfaces. As the summer heats up, playground equipment may get much hotter, especially parts that are made of metal. That’s why it’s important to test slides and other surfaces for burn risks before letting children play there. Read more about avoiding this risk.