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Warning: Dangerous Playground Equipment

Warning: Dangerous Playground Equipment

Some manufactured playsets used in school and backyard playgrounds pose unseen health and safety hazards. One issue in particular–the use of wood treated with chromated copper arsenate, better known as CCA–has recently created a firestorm of controversy for the risks it poses to children’s health. You’ll also want to be on the lookout for other safety and health hazards, from improperly designed equipment to lead paint. Find out what to watch out for to keep your children safe when they play on backyard equipment.

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From The Green Guide (Green Guide Institute, 2003).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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1:22AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

Thanks for the article.

12:28AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Children should be allowed to play , but along with it we should keep in mind the cleanliness
of the surrounding area and the playground equipment on which they are suppose to play.
Play Equipment for Kids

8:37AM PDT on May 7, 2012


5:30PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Thanks for the great information.

3:06AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Thank you for an informative article.

1:58PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Build safe playground equipment for our kids---they deserve to have a safe way to enjoy playtime!

8:10PM PST on Feb 20, 2012

The copper coated wood is used because it doesn't rot or get insects, but it out gases something awful. There has to be a better way.

9:29PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

That's really a topic of concern but we can't stop our toddler outside activities in which these playground equipments are very important. I think we should switch to Eco friendly playground equipments.. like wooden playground Equipment
Playground Equipment Suppliers..

7:09AM PDT on Apr 29, 2011

thank you

4:41PM PDT on Apr 28, 2011


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