The most dangerous products at schools

Keeping Kids Safe at the Playground

From new teachers to new friends, there are plenty of things to be concerned about as your child goes back to school. But even in the best schools there are dangers, often hiding in plain sight, which may surprise you.

From infrastructure to classroom supplies, products in schools cause over 60 thousand injuries each year. Even though manufactures are doing their best to improve the safety of school products, this number does not appear to be dropping. Although most of these injuries are accidental, HealthGrove listed the potential dangers you and your children should be aware of.

The experts at HealthGrove used data on product injuries from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to create school-product injury incidence charts from 1997 to 2014. The below chart shows incident rates in total.

Playground equipment is the top culprit of school injuries in the U.S., causing an average of 60,008 annually.

From climbers to slides, children are injured on playground equipment at schools over two times more than any other product. Surprisingly, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that girls actually sustain more injuries on playground equipment than boys do.

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25. Oakwood University

Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 34
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 17.9

(Photo by LCDM Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

24. Hampshire College

Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 27
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 18.1

(Photo via Alamy)

23. Kentucky State University

Location: Frankfort, Kentucky
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 46
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 18.2

(John Verner via Getty Images)

22. East Texas Baptist University

Location: Marshall, Texas
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 23
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 18.4

(Photo via Kushal one

21. Grinnell College

Location: Grinnell, Iowa
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 32
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 18.6

(Bruce Leighty via Getty Images)

20. Pomona College

Location: Claremont, California
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 30
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 18.6

(The Consortium/Flickr)

19. Livingstone College

Location: Salisbury, North Carolina
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 22
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 18.7

(Government & Heritage Library, State Library of NC/Flickr)

18. Presbyterian College

Location: Clinton, South Carolina
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 27
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 18.8

(South Carolina's Northern Kington/Flickr)

17. Sewanee - The University of the South

Location: Sewanee, Tennessee
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 37
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 21.8

(Dave Newman via Getty Images)

16. Hiram College

Location: Hiram, Ohio
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 29
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 22.1

(Photo via Alamy)

14. Oregon Health & Science University

Location: Portland, Oregon
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 67
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 23.6

(Gary Braasch via Getty Images)

13. Franklin College

Location: Franklin, Indiana
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 25
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 24.7

(Garden Beth/Flickr)

12. Occidental College

Location: Los Angeles, California
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 54
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 25.4

(Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

11. Wilmington College

Location: Wilmington, Ohio
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 30
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 25.6

(J. Stephen Conn/Flickr)

10. Reed College

Location: Portland, Oregon
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 40
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 28.3

(Photo via Alamy)

9. Saint Augustine's University

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 30
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 25.6

(Photo via Getty Images)

8. Swarthmore College

Location: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 48
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 31.3

(Aimin Tang via Getty Images)

7. Shaw University

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 71
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 34.4

(Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

6. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Location: Cheyney, Pennsylvania
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 45
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 37.1

(Robert Clay via Alamy)

4. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 61
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 39.5

(Nivek Neslo via Getty Images)

3. Central State University

Location: Wilberforce, Ohio
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 87
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 42.1

(HystericalMark/Flickr)

2. Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas

Location: Barranquitas, Puerto Rico
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 119
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 57.4

(David Rogowski, AOL)

1. Benedict College

Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 152
Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 60.5

(Sean Pavone via Alamy)

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