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Playground Safety for Children

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Playground Safety for Children

In recent years, it is estimated that there were more than 200,000 injuries annually on public playgrounds access the country that require emergency room treatment. Most injuries occur when a child falls onto the playground surface. Check with school officials to make sure that equipment has been inspected and maintained. There should be at least nine inches of safe, shock absorbing surface material, and proper clearance around the equipment.

Make sure exposed hardware or free-hanging ropes are not part of the equipment.  Ropes and clothing catching on exposed hardware can be strangulation hazards. Elevated surfaces, like platforms and ramps, should have guardrails to prevent falls. School officials should be aware that shading at the playground with trees or other structures is an important consideration to reduce children's exposure to the sun. Schools should also be aware that hot sun can make playground slides and black rubber matting burn hazards for children.  

Below are CPSC Playground Safety Publication to help you keep your kids safe.

CPSC Publication 321 Little Big Kids (PDF) For parents to read with their kids (ages 3-5) on the topic of playground safety. 

CPSC Publication 327 Public Playground Safety Checklist (HTML) Use this checklist to inspect local school and community playgrounds and notify school or park officials about any hazards found. There is a new CPSC Handbook.  It is still publication 325 and the date is January 6, 2011.  They have taken the European Whirl off and added a composite structure.  Date on the inside is still Nov. 2010.

CPSC Publication 325 Public Playground Safety Handbook (PDF-SPANISH) (See Technical Reports and Handbooks for English) Presents playground equipment safety information in the form of guidelines. Intended for use by parks and recreation personnel, school officials, equipment purchasers, installers, and others interested in playground safety (60 pages). 

CPSC Publication 328 Soft Contained Play Equipment Safety Checklist (HTML) CPSC staff developed checks to help parents and children use Soft Contained Play Equipment safely. 

CPSC Publication 5036 Prevent Burns on Hot Metal Playground Equipment (PDF) Safety Alert.   

CPSC Publication 5065 Strangulation Hazard with Playground Cargo Nets  (PDF) Safety Alert.

CPSC Publication 5094 Strings Can Strangle Children on Playground Equipment (HTML)  Safety Alert. 

CPSC Publication 5119 Never Put Children's Climbing Gyms On Hard Surfaces, Indoors Or Outdoors (PDF) Safety Alert.

CPSC Publication 5121 Wear Bike Helmets On Bicycles - Not On Playgrounds (PDF) Safety alert on a hidden hazard.

CPSC Publication 6005 CPSC Staff Recommendations for Identifying and Controlling Lead Paint on Public Playground Equipment (HTML) Executive Summary.

CPSC Publication 6006 Recommendations for Identifying and Controlling Lead Paint on Public Playground Equipment (HTML)     

CPSC Publication 6007 Questions and Answers for Lead Paint on Public Playground Equipment Prepared by CPSC Staff (HTML)   

CPSC Publication 323 Home Playground Safety Tips (PDF) (PDF-SPANISH)  Reports that each year an estimated 51,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for home playground-related injuries -- mostly resulting from falls. Provides tips on protective surfacing, fall zones, reducing hazards, and maintenance.  

CPSC Publication 323 Home Playground Safety Tip SPANISH (PDF)  Reports that each year an estimated 51,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for home playground-related injuries -- mostly resulting from falls. Provides tips on protective surfacing, fall zones, reducing hazards, and maintenance.

CPSC Publication 324 Outdoor Home Playground Safety Handbook (PDF)  Safety information you need to know about planning, constructing, and maintaining an outdoor home playground.  

CPSC Publication 325 Public Playground Safety Handbook (PDF) Technical Reports and Handbooks Document Number Publication Description (the Spanish version is a Web exclusive, see above)  Presents playground equipment safety information in the form of guidelines. Intended for use by parks and recreation personnel, school officials, equipment purchasers, installers, and others interested in playground safety (46 pages). 

 

 

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