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It’s important to note that older wooden playsets may have been treated with arsenic and/or creosote, and therefore, parents need to know if these chemicals were used in their manufacture.

Children love playing outside, and the two children pictured here were thoroughly enjoying their wooden swing set. The young boy was swinging by his arms from the highest beam, while the young girl was behind him on the ground, ready to jump aboard one of the swings. A Labrador retriever was prancing around the children, and all were having fun in the fresh outdoor air, and the beautiful weather.
Additional Information:
Sunscreen should be applied on any exposed skin, and children should wear clothing appropriate for this kind of outdoor play including sneakers, shirts, and long pants, all of which protect the children from splinters, and abrasions. It’s also a good idea to have children play in groups rather than alone, not only to improve safety, but for the purpose of cultivating friendships as well.

It is also important to note that proper handwashing is a must after playing in any outdoor environment, thereby, removing contaminants from the skin surface, including viruses such as H1N1.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dawn Arlotta
Creation Date:2009
Photo Credit:Cade Martin
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