After a cold winter and a drawn-out spring, it’s finally here. Summer, here’s to looking at you.
You bring the smell of fresh-cut grass; the sounds of kids hollering and splashing in the swimming pool; the cheers from the local ball fields; and so much more.
As much as I enjoy all of those things, I can’t help but hear an old saying as it comes to mind: “It’s all fun and games – until someone gets hurt.”
I realize that makes me sound like a cynic, but, really, I’m not.
I am a parent, though, and, being one that is involved in the risk management sector, I see things a little differently nowadays.
Take this image, for example.
cute little feet and well-placed playground fall material.
But what about this image?
my adorable kiddos (I know I’m biased!), a fun merry go-round and an accident waiting to happen!
Not only is one of the horses no longer secure, a closer look also revealed a metal puncture and jagged plastic. I watched more than a dozen children play on that merry-go-round during our short time at the park, and I couldn’t stop myself thinking, “someone is going to get hurt…”
I’ve already notified the local government of the damaged equipment, and I am confident accommodations – if not repairs – have already been made, but I still want to share this: if your entity has not already done so this month, get out and inspect your local parks and other recreational facilities. A quick look over all equipment, fall materials, etc. might be all it takes.
I say go out and do it now – before it’s too late!