ERIC Number: ED427507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Handbook for Public Playground Safety.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC.
Playgrounds, being a fundamental part of the childhood experience, should be safe havens for children. This handbook includes technical safety guidelines for designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining public playgrounds. It also includes a "Public Playground Safety Checklist" to highlight some of the most important safety issues for parents and community groups. The handbook covers the following topics: surfacing; use zones for equipment; layout and design of playgrounds; installation and maintenance of equipment; materials of manufacture and construction; general hazards; stairways, ladders, and handrails; platforms, guardrails, and protective barriers. Additionally, it addresses safety issues concerning major types of playground equipment: climbing equipment, merry-go-rounds, seesaws, slides, swings, spring rockers, and trampolines. Five appendices include: suggested general maintenance checklist; entrapment recommendations and test methods; characteristics of surfacing materials; a description of loose-fill surfacing materials; and noteworth revisions to the 1997 handbook. (Contains 12 references.) (GR)
Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Design Requirements, Equipment Maintenance, Equipment Standards, Facility Guidelines, Injuries, Playgrounds, Safety, Site Analysis, Site Selection
Playground Checklist, CPSC, Washington, DC 20207; Tel: 800-638-2772 (Toll-Free); Web site: http://www.cpsc.gov.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC.