Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 6: Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation

6.1 Play Area/Playground Size and Location

6.1.0 Location of Play Areas Near Bodies of Water

Outside play areas should be free from the following bodies of water:

  1. Unfenced swimming and wading pools;
  2. Ditches;
  3. Quarries;
  4. Canals;
  5. Excavations;
  6. Fish ponds;
  7. Water retention or detention basins;
  8. Other bodies of water.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death in children one to fourteen years of age (1).
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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2008. Water-related injuries.