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Playing it Safe Are Your Community Playgrounds Adequately Protected? BY KENNY SMITH, CSP


here is no better joy for a child than a playdate at a local playground. As families spend their days outdoors during the spring, summer and fall, local governments should feel confident in the safety management of their community playgrounds. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), between 2001 and 2008, more than 200,000 preschool and elementary children received emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment. Of those injuries, 51 percent took place on a public playground.

It is important to be aware of not only the hazards at hand, but also the means in which you can approach securing a reasonably safe playground for the community at large. Playgrounds should be a balance of risk and safety. There should be risk involved for children to test their limits and muscles, build confidence and even learn personal interaction. However, unnecessary risk can and should be prevented through design, warnings and adherence to standards of operation.



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