Mom's Scary Photo Serves As An Important PSA About Playground Safety

"An estimated 352,698 children under the age of 6 were injured on slides in the U.S. between 2002 and 2015."

Summer is the time to have fun, but it's paramount kids are kept safe. To ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable summer, parents are taking to the internet to share parenting safety tips. One mom named Heather Clare posts her own PSA every year about the dangers of going down slides with kids at the park. 

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A playground might be seen as a kid-friendly zone, but it can be a dangerous place, particularly the slides. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that "emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries" in the United States alone.

Sometimes when parents think they're helping protect their kids, they could be making them vulnerable to injury.

This was something that Clare learned firsthand when she was went down the slide with her then 12-month-old daughter Meadow. In the Facebook post, the mom explains how she was sliding with her daughter in her lap with Meadow's foot got caught between her and the slide. The picture captures the moment the girl's leg was breaking.

It was only when they went to the ER that Clare found out how common the injury was. In an effort to prevent it from happening to others, she shares her story every year.

The Independent reports a study's finding revealing that "an estimated 352,698 children under the age of 6 were injured on slides in the United States between 2002 and 2015, and many of those injuries were leg fractures."

The findings revealed that if a child's leg gets caught on a slide when they're going down themselves, the chance of injury is small because there isn't enough force. The trouble is that there is more speed when kids are riding with adults because of the added weight. This makes the chance of injury higher. Plus, there's a chance a kid's leg — or other body parts — getting caught between the slide and the body of the adult.

In light of the study, researchers recommend everyone goes down the slide one at a time.

Rachel Rothman, chief technologist in the Good Housekeeping Institute, agrees that it's better for kids to go down alone. "While it may seem counter-intuitive, it is likely safer for your child to go down the slide on their own," she said. "The slide is designed with certain weight and size restrictions for young children in mind and parents should always adhere to whatever specifications are listed."

A lot of playground injuries are preventable, so it's important to pay attention to small things such as untied shoe laces, drawstrings on pants, wood chips, and trash in the sand.

As for Meadow, Clare told Scary Mommy that she made a full recovery. She will be turning four and still loves playgrounds and slides.

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