As Illinois residents prepare for warmer temperatures, many families will begin heading to public parks seeking outdoor activities for their children. However, many playgrounds may have faced structural changes through the seasons, which could present potential risks for accidents. According to State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis, by practicing diligence in child supervision and keeping their surroundings safe, the chances for tragedies decrease. The State Fire Marshal’s Office offers these Playground Accident Prevention Tips: Check your child’s clothing and remove drawstrings or other cords. Bicycle helmets should not be worn by children on playground equipment due to the potential for entrapment and strangulation. Choose playgrounds that ‘fit’ your child. Children five years of age and younger should use only playgrounds designed for preschool children. For more information on children safety at home or in playgrounds visit the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office or www.playgroundsafety.org.