Now that the school year has ended, and we approach the summer months, children will be heading in mass to the playgrounds across the land. You can drop by any playground and you are bound to find dozens of active children swinging, sliding, climbing and having a good time. However, a good time on the community or school playground can be spoiled by a fall, entrapment, cut, or another type of injury. Each year, about 200,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to playground equipment.
The CPSC has released an update to the popular Handbook for Public Playground Safety. The handbook contains guidance for childcare personnel, school officials, designers, inspectors, parents and school groups on building safer playgrounds. Considered by many to be the model handbook of playground safety, the agency’s guidelines for public playgrounds have been incorporated by many municipalities into local and state building codes. The handbook provides specifications for creating safer play zones and avoiding hazards with equipment such as sharp points, entrapments, and entanglements.
The updated Handbook for Public Playground Safety contains new guidelines from CPSC staff for playground equipment for children as young as six months old, track and log rolls for older children, and playground surfacing, as well as suggestions on protecting children from sun exposure on playgrounds. CPSC offers the following tips to help prevent injuries and other hazards on public and home playgrounds: The Commission provides these important life-saving tips:
To order free copies of the CPSC staff’s updated Handbook for Public Playground Safety (CPSC-325), CPSC’s Outdoor Home Playground Handbook (CPSC-324, PDF), Home Playground Safety Checklist (CPSC-323), or any CPSC publication, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. CPSC publications can also be downloaded at www.cpsc.gov. You can find more information about National Playground Safety Week at www.playgroundsafety.org the Web site for the National Program for Playground Safety.
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