ERIC Number: ED355206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Safer Playgrounds for Young Children. ERIC Digest.
Hendricks, Charlotte M.
Each year, almost 200,000 children are treated at hospital emergency rooms for injuries occurring on playgrounds. At this time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has established voluntary guidelines for equipment and surfacing, but there are no required standards regarding the manufacture or installation of equipment and resilient surfacing under equipment. It is the responsibility of parents and teachers to educate themselves about playground safety and demand compliance with guidelines in playground development or renovation. This digest describes reasons why playground injuries occur; safety standards for playgrounds; checking for hazards in playground equipment; safe surfaces under playground equipment; and renovating an existing playground. The primary elements of playground safety are: (1) removing equipment that is too tall; (2) installing resilient surfacing under all equipment; (3) removing hazards such as debris or broken equipment; and (4) supervising children's play. It is up to parents, teachers, and individuals in the community to demand safer play areas and to provide proper supervision for children's play. (Contains 6 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education, Washington, DC.