Thursday, April 26, 2007
CPSC has a great article on Playground Safety. Now that spring is here parents are flocking to the parks and playgrounds. Here are some tips to creating your own play area that will keep your children safe.Compare the playgrounds of 25 years ago to today’s modern playsets and the differences are striking – metal has been overtaken by colorful plastics and wood, homemade rope swings have been replaced by rope ladders anchored for safety, and single-level structures have been dwarfed by multi-tier castles. Yet with all the advances in playground designs, there are still far too many playground related injuries involving children – about 200,000 each year. In recognizing National Playground Safety Week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is encouraging parents to make sure backyard, childcare center and community playgrounds are safe and that children are always supervised while at play.
To assist in building and maintaining a safe playground, designers, inspectors and homeowners have been consulting CPSC’s Handbook for Public Playground Safety (pdf) for more than 25 years. The handbook provides specifications for creating safe play zones; what materials to use; and how to properly install climbing equipment, slides and swings. CPSC staff is undertaking a major update of this publication to reflect current safety standards and best practices. The new, updated Handbook is targeted for re-release later this year.
To help prevent injuries from falls and other hazards on public and home playgrounds, the following safety tips are recommended:
In addition to the Public Playground Handbook, CPSC also has an Outdoor Home Playground Handbook (pdf), a Home Playground Safety Checklist (pdf) (available in Spanish - pdf), and a Neighborhood Safety Network poster (pdf) on playground safety.
For more information about National Playground Safety Week, visit the Web site for the National Program for Playground Safety at www.playgroundsafety.org/safetyweek/index.htm
Labels: Child Safety