March 2012 eNews

Keep Children S.A.F.E. on playgrounds!

Each year over 200,000 children are injured on America’s playgrounds. Although some measures have been initiated to address the growing problems associated with playground safety, there has been no nationally coordinated effort in this area. In recognition of this need, the National Program for Playground Safety was created to help communities across the nation examine the critical issues surrounding playground safety. There are four contributing factors to properly maintaining a safe playground atmosphere.

S.A.F.E. Factors

  1. Provide proper supervision of children on playgrounds
  2. Design age-appropriate playgrounds
  3. Provide proper fall surfacing under and around playgrounds
  4. Properly maintain playground equipment.

To learn more about safe playground spaces we encourage you to read the Consumer Product Safety Commission Public Safety Handbook.  The CPSC has also produced a checklist that can be used to assess the safety of your outdoor play space.

In This Issue

Keep Children S.A.F.E. on playgrounds!
Are We Losing Ground?
Societal Values and Policies May Curtail Preschool Children’s Physical Activity in Child Care Centers


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