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Build It Right, Play It Right!

Playgrounds BUILD IT RIGHT, PLAY IT RIGHT! A playground is a place where both parents and children can relax and enjoy a nice afternoon together. But sometimes, it can turn out to be a place of nightmare. That is why national, state, and industry guidelines are made in order to keep things safe and fun for our children. A Playground's Misery, 218,851 s PUBLIC PLAYGROUND INJURIES from 2001-2008 55 Girls are more prone to accidents than boys. 51%occurred at public playgrounds HOME $1,200,000,00O spent because ofplayground injuries since 1995 19%occurred at playgrounds at home 15% were severe 3% 67% needed hospitalization from equipment failure and falling from playground equipment from 2001-2008 40 deaths linked with playground equipment Non-falal injuries: 75% Average victims:6 year olds occurring at public playgrounds in daycare centers and schools Common Reason For Death:HANGING with27 deaths followed by NECK AND HEAD INJURIES with 7deaths 5-9 age group with higher rate of visits emergency due to This is in comparison deaths between 1990-2000. playground emergencies to 147 61% (90) of those who died happened at home and are usuolly kids ages 10 below. Вooboo 3% 2% others concussions 5% organs / internal Areas 12% sprains / 36% strains fractures 17% lacerations 20% abrasions / contusions Agents of Accidents WEATHER LACK OF CONDITIONS SUPERVISION POOR LAYOUT UNSUITABLE LACK OF PROPER AND DESIGN EQUIPMENT FOR INSPECTION AND THE AGE GROUP MAINTENANCE DENIED POOR STANDARD IMPROPER MISUSE OF PLAYGROUND CLOTHES PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT EQUIPMENT Are Playgrounds2 too Dangerous Fear not! Your kids can_still enjoy playgrounds since manufacturers such as Playground Equipment are researching and creating designs to ensure the safety of your kids when playing. Tried and Tested Most of the playground equipment that you see in residential and commercial areas follow the standard set by the following: INTERNATIONAL IPEMA PLAY EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIAT10N ASSOCIATE MEMBER INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION Standards Worldwide Playground Checklist %23 Rubber mats are a great surface while asphalt, blacktop, and concrete are unacceptable. of playground manufacturer for regular check-up. A surface material is unfit if Inspect hooks, edges, and bolts. the combined height of the highest equipment/platform or child is higher than 12ft. A good surface is thick yet soft enough |to cushion a fall. 6ft in all directions of the playground must be provided with protective surfacing Packed-earth, grass, 9ft should be the distance and soil are unsafe. of each equipment Prevention by Supervision of the playground related 40% injuries are caused by a lack of supervision. So always watch your kids on the playground! The Right Playsets For The Right Age Groups 5-12 spinners 2-5 horizontal bars slides sliding poles swings sandboxes <2 small slides ropes spring riders talk tubes chain climbers crawl tunnels small slides decks (not taller than 4ft) Swing Your Kids to Safety Wear Comfortable Clothes Play Nice |2 Don't hurt other children. No cords or drawstrings. (they might get tangled) 1 Slide Properly Swing Right 4 Feet first not head. Sit, don't stand. Check Equipment After A rain Check equipment They can get very slippery. during Summertime ( The playground surface of the Wear sunscreen equipment Avoid getting sunburns can get really hot, since they are made of metal 6 and are exposed to the scorching heat of the sun. during summertime. most importantly... Never go to the playground without an adult supervision. SOURCES · www.playgroundequipment.com - kidshealth.org • www.cpsc.goV · www.rospa.com www.cdc.gov PlaygroundEquipment

Build It Right, Play It Right!

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Playgrounds are more than just a place of play. It’s where kids can talk to and make friends with other kids. It’s a first step for them when it comes to building relationships. So it’s importan...

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