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Posted on: May 7, 2018

Falls Prevention

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AT PLAY

--Inspect playground equipment to make sure it is age appropriate and in good condition. 

--Play areas should be covered with at least 12 inches of shredded mulch, wood chips, pea gravel, and fine sand or covered with rubber or rubber-like material designed for use under playground materials. Dirt, grass, and sand do not provide proper fall protection. 

--Encourage children to take turns on playground equipment. 

--Encourage children to play gently-pushing and roughhousing can lead to falls. 

--Never allow children to wear jackets with drawstrings, jewelry, or scarves around the neck. They can get caught on playground equipment. 

IN THE HOME

 --Keep stairs clear of toys and other items that could cause someone to trip. 

--Teach children to hold the handrail when on stairs or escalators and always tie their shoelaces to avoid tripping over them. 

--Windows opened as little as five inches pose a danger to children under 10. Install window guards with quick release mechanisms that can be opened easily from the inside in case there is a fire. --Make sure tall furniture, clocks, televisions, etc. are secured to the wall to prevent falling on children. 

All information was referenced through NFPA Public Education Division if you would like to view the site go to nfpa.org/education or click above on Department, Fire Department, Useful Links, and the National Fire Protection Agencey.

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