Each year, about 200,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for playground equipment-related injuries - an estimated 148,000 of these injuries involve public playground equipment and an estimated 51,000 involve home playground equipment. Also, about 15 children die each year as a result of playground equipment-related incidents. Most of the injuries are the result of falls. These are primarily falls to the ground below the equipment, but falls from one piece of equipment to another are also reported. Most of the deaths are due to strangulation, though some are due to falls.
|Fall Height In Feet From Which A Life Threatening Head Injury Would Not Be Expected|
|Type of Material||6" Depth||9" Depth||12" Depth|
|Double Shredded Bark Mulch||6||10||11|
For more information on playground safety, refer to CPSC's Handbook for Public Playground Safety Consumers can obtain this publication and additional publication information from the Publications section of CPSC's web site. Consumer Product Safety Commission - CPSC Document #323