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Watertown City School District Allots $200,000 for Playground Updates to Prevent Injuries

October 08, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

School district officials in Watertown have set aside $200,000 for the 2019-2020 school year specifically for updates to aging play structures at three local schools. This is the first time that money from the school budget has been allocated specifically for updates and maintenance for school playgrounds. 

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Winter Play Poses Additional Playground Risks

November 28, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When winter sets in and the days and nights turn chilly, it can be tempting to ride out the colder months indoors, particularly for adults with children who do not want to take the time to dress their youngsters in thermals and coats.  But playing outside is linked to a variety of positive outcomes for children, including improved sensory skills, focus, and attention span.  Finding safe places for children to play outdoors in the winter is a must.

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NYCHA Continues To Ignore Children's Safety Issues

September 29, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Dogged for months by reports of failure to monitor housing units for lead paint and other hazards, the New York City Housing Authority now stands accused of ignoring safety hazards in Harlem playgrounds after two children were injured by rusty equipment at the end of August, 2018.

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Swing Sets Pose a Risk to Students

September 12, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Most playground equipment poses some risk to childhood safety.  A child can fall over the side of the slide, or be thrown by the merry-go-round, or fall off the monkey bars.  But swing sets pose a particularly elevated risk of injury, due to a variety of factors, most of which can be mitigated with proper supervision.

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Playground Equipment Poses Danger to Children

April 18, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Playgrounds are supposed to be safe, fun locations where parents can take their kids to get some fresh air and sunshine.  Playgrounds are often featured attractions of parks and other public open spaces, designed to entice children with promises of swings, slides, and social interaction.  Unfortunately, many playgrounds, though fun, fail to be safe.

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New York Park Safety a Concern

August 15, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Parents in New York City have spent the summer months complaining of rodent infestations in the city parks.  The issue, in part caused by the city using mechanical traps instead of poison for six months per year, has left many in fear for their children’s safety.  Rats can spread a variety of diseases, and are a risk to bite children who get near them.  Rats have been spotted all over the parks, near playground equipment and even in sandboxes where toddlers regularly play. 

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Summertime and Playground Accidents Go Hand in Hand

May 10, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Summer is nearly upon us.  Kids are out of school for a couple of months, and the weather is nice enough for them to spend more and more time outside.  Parents are faced with difficult choices regarding the level of supervision a child needs in the neighborhood or even in their own backyards. 

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Playground Accidents Lead to an Increase in Brain Injuries

May 03, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When children see a playground, you would think there was a magnetic force pulling them to the area. Children are drawn to all types of playground equipment, and while their desire to play may be strong, a parent’s desire to keep them safe is even stronger. Parents are now becoming even more concerned as researchers have found a connection between playground accidents and a rise in traumatic brain injuries.

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Amusements and Bouncy Houses: A Bad Bounce Makes for a Bad Day

July 02, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As parents, we all want our kids to be able to cut loose and have a good time, especially at parties.  We remember our own childhoods, and we frequently assume that since we didn’t get hurt, the toys we played with are safe for our own children.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

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Despite Guidelines, Playground Accidents Still Occur - Warns New York Attorney

January 30, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Rules and regulations established by the Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding playgrounds and playground equipment have done much to prevent accidents on playgrounds across the country.  However, no matter the guidelines we still see children injured in parks, school yards, and at home on a regular basis.  Accidents occur all the time from falling off a swing, to catching skin on a piece of jutting metal, to falling on asphalt at home.  It’s no surprise that children and playground injuries quite often go hand in hand.  Is there a way to prevent these injuries from occurring?

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School Time for Kids: Injuries All Year

September 10, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With school having started and the fall season coming ahead, we might think that children’s injuries will settle down now that summer time is over.  But children’s injuries occur all year round due to their active lives in the forms of: bicycle accidents, trampoline accidents, sledding accidents, and pool accidents, to name a few.  And, let’s not forget playground accident and injuries that are most common when school starts up again in the fall.

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Playground and Park Injuries: Equipment and Distractions

August 22, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

What happens when a normal family outing to the park or city playground becomes a trip to the emergency room for the child?  Children are injured all the time from accidents that occur on the playground and in city parks.  Collisions between children, strangulation on play equipment like monkey bars, falling off a swing or moving play equipment, falling on the surface, and many more incidents like this occur frequently.  That’s not the way to spend what could normally have been an otherwise enjoyable day for all.

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Playset Accidents: In Public Playgrounds, Schoolyards and at Home - A Harsh Reminder for Parents

April 29, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The evenings are becoming longer, and adults and children are beginning to take advantage of the extra hours during the day to relax and play.  Unfortunately for some, however, the joys of summer and spring have come to an abrupt end.  In a recent tragic case in Utah, a four-year-old girl was found strangled when she became caught in the ropes of her backyard swing set.  Only a few moments earlier, neighbors and her father witnessed her happily playing.  This story sadly shows how quickly a turn for the worse can occur in an everyday environment.

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Jumping Ahead With Trampoline Safety

December 10, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

“Mom! Jessie has a trampoline, everyone’s going over to his house! He’s the most popular kid in our class!  Can I go?  Can I get one, too?  I want everyone to come to my house!  Please??”  Does this sound familiar?  If you’re a parent of a teenager or younger child, chances are you’ve heard that plea.

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