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Neglecting playground safety can cause premises liability issues

While scrapes and bruises can be typical for children playing on the playground, more serious injuries can occur if equipment is not safe. Someone who owns playground equipment could face premises liability issues under Florida law if they are found to be negligent in maintaining their structures. According to MRI technicians, there are a few safety tips parents and playground owners alike should be aware of to prevent playground injury.

The first thing that is critical is to keep an eye on children. Those who are responsible for other peoples' children could have a serious premises liability case on their hands if they do not properly supervise children playing. Supervisors should create and maintain safety-minded guidelines, such as not climbing up slides to avoid getting hit by someone coming down.

The conditions outside can also influence children's safety. Wet equipment and cause a slip-and-fall accident, so staying away from playgrounds after it rains or in the morning when there is dew on the ground is a good idea. Playground owners should also make sure there is a soft surface under play structures, such as wood chips or sand, to protect children in case of an accident.

There are many things playground owners can do to ensure safety, including installing gates and guardrails. Those who do not install proper safety measures, or who neglect their supervisory duty, can be held financially responsible if a child gets hurt on their property. Florida parents or property owners facing premises liability issues should contact a nearby lawyer for counsel.

Source: QNS.com, "MRI technicians share 5 safety tips to prevent playground injury", April 12, 2018

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