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Oklahoma Day Care Centers / Child Care Centers – What Rules and Regulations Apply to Playground Safety?

By Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Oklahoma and other states, day care centers must comply with safety rules and regulations pertaining to playgrounds. Every day, children are injured on day care playgrounds through the country. Some personal injuries are unavoidable accidents while others result from improper supervision, negligence, bullying on the playground, and / or negligent construction, design or maintenance of the playground equipment. Section 22 (c) Outdoor safety and play equipment – Playground safety requires day care centers to follow certain regulations as to playground safety. Day care centers should keep children off of the playground area when weather conditions pose a significant health risk. Children should be well hydrated before any physical activity like playground play. The playground equipment itself should be sturdy, of safe construction, free from hazards, easy to clean, and kept in good repair. Playground equipment should be free from protrusion hazards like exposed nails, screws, and splinters. Equipment should be securely anchored to prevent tipping of equipment.

Many serious child personal injuries in Oklahoma day care centers can be avoided by implementing and following the rules and regulations by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services – Oklahoma Child Care Services.