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Video: Playground injuries reignite 'cotton wool' debate

A PIECE of play equipment at Calliope's Bunting Park is leaving children with broken arms, concussion and split lips.

The age old debate about whether we should be wrapping kids in cotton wool is back, and it's because of the 'mouse house'.

>> Opinion: Should the mouse house stay or go?

And Parents are getting their own bruises from the fiery safety debate.

The round piece of play equipment has a wheel inside, allowing children to run continuously.

There is no age limit, so different sized children are running at the same time.

Some parents maintain the structure is dangerous no matter who is using it, while others believe injuries can be avoided through supervision and intervention.

On one side of the debate is young woman Katelyn Laing, who has come a cropper on the mouse house.

"I split my elbow, hit my head, fell on my bum and got flipped over," the 18-year-old said.

"If the other person speeds up and you are out of step, you are gone."

Keoni Hakavalu, 6, and Justin Nancarror, 8.
Keoni Hakavalu, 6, and Justin Nancarror, 8. Mike Richards GLA070515MOUSE

She said it was not safe for children.

"Me and my mates were bored so we sussed it out, and my tailbone still hurts from falling off it," she said.

"I would never put a kid on it at all."

However, Calliope mum of two Ashleigh Wise doesn't have a problem with it.

She said kids could get hurt anywhere, any time.

"You can't just keep taking away things that are fun when kids get hurt, otherwise there'll be nothing left," she said.

Mum of three Simone Smillie said there should be an age restriction.

"I have been on it and it's quite fun for an older person, but there should be an age limit sign," she said.

"It would make it a lot easier instead of telling other people's kids off."

Mayor Gail Sellers said the council did not provide instructions for playground equipment.

She said there had been no official complaints made about the mouse house.

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