Although safety is something that should be taught, kids will always need to be supervised. Playground systems can be quite elaborate and really challenge children. With proper supervision and continued teaching throughout childhood, we can maximize safety so kids can always enjoy these exciting activities. Schools do attempt to minimize injury by having soft surfaces for kids if they fall, such as sawdust or dirt underneath slides or jungle gyms. Safety can be improved by adequately spacing all equipment, and by maintaining the quality of the equipment. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a safety checklist that can be used to inspect playgrounds. Responsibility for playground safety must be shared by parents, teachers, and other adults who supervise play, as well as the people who design, construct, and maintain playgrounds.
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