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Week: 578.3

Guest: Ron Hazelton, House Doctor, Home & Garden TV

Topic: Play area safety

Host/ Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Play area safety...coming up...

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NEMA: We want our kids to have lots of fun in the backyard...and that includes swing sets, climbing structures...maybe just a tire swinging from an old tree. But we've all seen how they get hurt. Ron Hazelton of ABC's Good Morning America says there's a big difference between grass and a specially prepared play area....

HAZELTON: They're going to be climbing, they're going to be swinging, they will fall and what's important here is to create a surface so that it will absorb that fall and prevent serious injury. Believe it or not grass is very hard. Soil after a couple of years gets very compacted, and what we'd done is taken out about four or six inches of soil and we replaced it with pea gravel, which is a small round rock...so when children fall on that substance, it does cushion that fall and prevent serious injuries - particularly head injuries.

NEMA: Ron says sand is okay... but there's a tendency for area cats to visit your backyard...often. His special on home and garden safety airs on Home and Garden TV June 28th at 5 p.m. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.



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