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How to reduce children's risk of playground injury

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Emergency room doctor, Kelly Levasseur, said the number one place injuries stem from are the monkey bars. (Source: MGN Online) Emergency room doctor, Kelly Levasseur, said the number one place injuries stem from are the monkey bars. (Source: MGN Online)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Playgrounds can be the site of a child's greatest or worst memories, as doctors around the country see playground related injuries increase during the summer.

Emergency room doctor, Kelly Levasseur, said the number one place injuries stem from are the monkey bars.

"Maybe one out of three kids that I see her comes in from some type of playground injury. Falls from monkey bars is probably the most common. Also, falls off of ladders, falls off of any type of climbing toys," Dr. Levasseur said.

Levasseur said making sure your children play on age appropriate equipment is key.

"If you have a preschooler, you wanna make sure that the slides they're gonna go on aren't more than four feet. You wanna make sure that there's tunnels, y'know, that are on the ground instead of something that's up high," the ER doctor said.

The upkeep of the equipment is also important for parents to be aware of. Doctors advise against playing on equipment with rusty bolts or sharp edges.

Levasseur said the number one way to reduce the risk of child injuries on playgrounds is supervision.

"Playground injuries have gone up because more people are on their cell phones and they're not paying attention to what their kids are doing and what equipment that they're on," Levasseur said.

The doctor also said finding a playground that has rubber underneath the equipment or wood chips rather than concrete or grass can help soften the blow of a fall in the case an accident happens.

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