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"Most parents focus on preventing falls and minimizing injury from falls, but they should know that strangulation accounts for half of playground deaths," says Curtis Stoddard, a veteran playground contractor who has created a safety program for kids at playgroundhound.com. Here's how he says kids and parents can stay safe:
- Make sure your child never wears clothes with drawstrings or other cords at the playground, and have him tuck in all clothing; the drawstrings and clothing can get caught on equipment.
- Have your child remove his bicycle helmet before using playground equipment, since a helmet can get stuck on equipment and strangle a child.
- Make sure your child does not tie jump ropes or other ropes to slides or other playground equipment.