(HealthDay News) -- Playgrounds offer plenty of chances for active little ones to climb, but it's important for parents to minimize the risk of falls and injuries.
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The U.S. National Safety Council offers these guidelines for parents:
- Do not allow children younger than 4 years old to play on horizontal ladders or climbing equipment.
- The ground near equipment should be covered with at least 12 inches of soft, loose material such as wood chips, mulch or sand.
- Supervise older children when they're climbing.
- Before they start climbing, make sure all handrails and steps are in good condition.
- Check that barriers and guard rails are in place and that climbing ropes are properly secured.
- Remove any hoods or drawstrings that could catch on the equipment.
- Make sure there are shady spots to help protect kids from constant sun exposure.
-- Diana Kohnle
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