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Playground Safety Quiz
by Staff
Every year more than 200,000 American kids visit their local emergency rooms because of playground injuries. So don't jog to the jungle gym just yet -- test your safety smarts with our playground safety quiz first.

What is the most common cause of injury on a playground?

  • falls
  • faulty equipment
  • hot metal surfaces
  • sharp-edged objects
  • strangulation

What is the most common cause of playground-related fatalities?

  • falls
  • faulty equipment
  • hot metal surfaces
  • sharp-edged objects
  • strangulation

To maximize safety in case of a fall, playground surfaces should be built with any of the following types of material except:

  • shredded rubber or interlocking rubber mats
  • poured-in-place rubber
  • grass
  • wood chips

How deep should playground loose fill surfaces be to effectively cushion a child's fall?

  • 1 to 3 inches
  • 3 to 6 inches
  • 6 to 9 inches
  • 9 to 12 inches

Age-appropriate play spaces are important. Which of the following is not recommended playground equipment for kids ages 2 to 5?

  • low platforms with ramps and ladders
  • long, spiral slides
  • tricycle paths made of varying textures and materials
  • flexible spring rockers

Who has a greater risk of a playground injury, girls or boys?

  • girls
  • boys

What equipment causes the most injuries on home playgrounds?

  • slides
  • swings
  • seesaws

Where do the majority of playground injuries occur?

  • apartment complexes
  • fast-food restaurants
  • home
  • schools, daycare and public parks

Approximately how many playground-related injuries are due to poor supervision?

  • 10 percent
  • 25 percent
  • 40 percent
  • 55 percent

Which two safety organizations evaluate and set safety standards for playground equipment and surface materials?

  • CPSC and IPEMA
  • IPEMA and NPPS
  • CPSC and ASTM
  • ASTM and NPPS