Different accidents that can happen at any time.

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Accidents happen at anytime, at anyplace. It is truly amazing how accidents can happen, without warning. This paper will include three accidental topics, including playground injuries, accidental falls and fireworks accidents, and how to prevent all of these accidents from happening.

Every year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children, ages 14 or younger, for playground-related injuries. Of playground-related injuries, about 45% of these injuries are severe, including fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations. More than half of nonfatal injuries related to playground equipment occurs on public playgrounds. On public playgrounds, more injuries occur on climbers than on any other equipment. Of all the public playgrounds, school and daycare playgrounds are where the most injuries occur. Over a ten-year span, from 1990 to 2000, 147 children ages 14 or younger died from playground-related injuries. Of them, 82 died from strangulation and 31 died from falls to the playground surfaces.

Preventing playground injuries requires some common sense and awareness. Check on children every few minutes when they are playing on the playground. Be aware of their clothing. Clothing items can become trapped in equipment and may result in strangulation. It is best to remove drawstrings and other cords from clothing. In the winter, use a neck warmer rather than a scarf, and use mitten clips rather than cords. Choose a playground that 'fits' the child. Children five years of age and younger should use only playgrounds designed for preschool children. Look for adequate surfacing, including deep, loose fill. Loose fill includes coarse sand, pea gravel (smooth, round, pea-sized stones), wood chips, and/or synthetic surfaces. Grass, dirt, asphalt and concrete are not acceptable surfaces for underneath and around playground equipment. If there are any concerns about the safety of your local playground, it is best to...