Swings, slides and climbing equipment capture children’s imaginations while they are at a playground, but if you are a parent or guardian, playground safety is everything. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) publishes safety information for public playground sites, designed to minimize the risks and incidences of playground-related injuries. The information is based on safety standards that involve everything from age restrictions to surfacing guidelines.
The “Public Playground Safety Handbook” presents information about the best practices for achieving playground safety — whether the playground is at a school, a park or any other public place. This information can be critical, as more than 200,000 children end up in emergency rooms each year because of a playground incident. The handbook most recently was revised in 2010, but the playground safety standards and guidelines are worth reviewing, and can serve as a roadmap for those designing an environment where kids can play safely.
The most recent revisions in the CPSC handbook addressed issues including age ranges, equipment, surfacing and sun exposure:
Were safety standards in place when your kids’ favorite playground was constructed? CPSC standards don’t just offer guidelines on playing safely, but how to build a playground with safety in mind. To determine how safe the playground is, consider whether these factors were taken into account when the playground was designed:
A public playground provides a wonderful opportunity for enriching, enjoyable play — as long as it was designed with attention to safety regulations. Reviewing the general guidelines above can help you determine how safe a playground is.
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