Playing it Safe on the Playground

MARCH 9, 2006 -- It may be a perfect day for kids and parents to enjoy the playgound, but what looks ideal from a distance, needs a closer look.

"Parent's should check out the equipment before letting the children play. Make sure it's safe so they don't get hurt," says Tina Poole, a child safety expert and a mother of two.

Poole's seen her share of injuries on the playground.  She says it's important to be extra careful on high equipment because it's easy to fall and injure the head.

Poole says don't walk up the slides, and don't walk in front of swings.  But it's not just the equipment parents need to keep an eye on, they also need to be aware of their surroundings.

"You need to keep an eye on what's around you. It could be innocent, but you never know."

Poole says these simple steps can help you and your little one make the most of a day at the park.

Reported by Sarah Warlick