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Playground safety for summer

TYLER (KYTX) - It's National Playground Safety Week, just in time for the warmer weather.

The playground seems like an innocent place for Lauren Osburn's three girls to have some time outdoors, but she knows accidents can happen, and danger can pop up anytime, anywhere, which is why she says she's constantly supervising them.
"If i'm not sitting here, i'm right behind Natalie, my two year old. It's first priority. Obviously, with three girls, i've got to make sure i'm taking care of them."

The organization, Safe Kids Worldwide, says before your children even get on the playground, you should look to make sure there's no sharp, rusted or broken equipment.
"I just make a quick check to make sure everything's ok." says Osburn.

The group also encourages parents to teach their children to play nice with others, and avoid pushing or shoving.
"But, i also don't want to get between the socialization, so i just kind of let them do their thing. And, if it starts to get a little too rambunctious, i kind of pull them away."

Time of day is also important. Osburn says she only takes her kids to the playground when there's plenty of daylight.
"I feel pretty safe in this neighborhood. I make sure to come at appropriate hours, not after hours or way too early for them." she says.

Osburn also makes sure her children are well-hydrated with plenty of water.

 According to the National Program for Playground Safety, more than 200,000 children are hurt every year on America's playgrounds. The majority of injuries are from children falling off equipment, and equipment failure.

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