A child at New Horizon Academy in Bloomington was rushed to a hospital Thursday after an accident on the school's playground.
The accident happened at the Hyland Greens location, which is one of more than 60 of the Minnesota-based company's early education and childcare centers in the state.
According to WCCO-TV, a 2-and-a-half-year-old girl was playing on monkey bars when the strap on her bike helmet got tangled in a ladder. By the time first responders arrived, the toddler was unresponsive, but the TV station noted that the girl's condition was stable late Thursday night.
The incident happened around 10:30 a.m.
New Horizon Academy confirmed the accident in a statement:
"At New Horizon Academy, the safety of our children is our first priority. This morning, a child suffered an accident on our playground which required the support of emergency medical personnel. Our staff responded swiftly to the child’s injuries, first responders were quickly on site, and the child was transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care."
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that kids should never wear or play with anything that can get caught on playground equipment and become a strangulation hazard.
- Children should remove bike helmets when playing on a playground.
- Avoid wearing sweatshirts with drawstrings.
- Don't wear necklaces.
- Don't let children use ropes, jump ropes, clotheslines or pet leases on playground equipment.
Each year, more than 200,000 kids age 14 and younger are taken to emergency rooms in the U.S. because of playground injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. More than 20,000 are traumatic brain injuries, including concussion.