The risk of childhood injury on Boston's playground equipment and surfaces

Am J Public Health. 1993 May;83(5):731-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.83.5.731.


The Childhood Injury Prevention Program of the Boston Department of Health and Hospitals conducted a survey of injury risk in Boston's playgrounds. A standardized checklist was used to assess a 25% sample of public playgrounds for hazards. Climbers accounted for 34% of the hazards observed and had the greatest proportion of significant hazards. The surfacing material in 100% of the playgrounds observed was unsafe. Urban children risk exposure to hazardous playground equipment frequently situated above unsafe surfacing material.

MeSH terms

  • Boston
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Equipment Safety
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Risk
  • Sampling Studies
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control