Harmful to your Children’s Health, but so much Fun!
Maybe today’s public and school playgrounds are far too risk adverse, with their wholesome educational themed padded rides placed on rubber impact coated surfaces. The old playgrounds were no doubt more exciting and thrilling, but equally much more damaging to your child’s health with their hard metal frames, many perched far too high above the ground with hard tarmac directly below them. You would be lucky to come away with just a cut knee and a few cuts and bruises.
This all changed in the US (and a lot of countries followed their lead) with the first publication of ‘A Handbook for Public Playground Safety’. This looked at why 200,000 American children were going to ER each year due to playground related injuries and what could be done to prevent this. Now playgrounds are safer than ever, but the old style ones were sooooo much more fun!