ERIC Number: ED428515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Playing It Safe: A Fourth Nationwide Safety Survey of Public Playgrounds.
Consumer Federation of America, Washington, DC.; United States Public Interest Research Group, Washington, DC.
A nationwide survey investigated public playgrounds and found that a majority of America's playgrounds pose hidden threats to children. This report provides the survey's findings, providing summary data from 22 states and the District of Columbia. Focusing on playground hazards, the survey reports that 87 percent of the 760 playgrounds surveyed lacked adequate protective surfacing; 40 percent of slides and climbing equipment did not have adequate fall zones; 62 percent of playgrounds had climbers and 37 percent had slides where the height of the play equipment is greater than 6 feet high; 12 percent of playgrounds with swings had swing seats that are made of wood, metal, or other rigid material; 58 percent of playgrounds contained swings either too close together or too close to swing supports; 42 percent of playgrounds had play equipment that posed threats for head entrapment; 40 percent of playgrounds had clothing entanglement hazards; and 43 percent of playgrounds had other unacceptably dangerous equipment. The survey also reports playground improvements made over the past few years to better safeguard kids such as less use of hard surfaces under playground equipment. Concluding charts provide playground findings sorted by state. (GR)
U.S. PIRG, 218 D Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003; Tel: 202-546-9707; Web site: http://www.pirg.org/consumer; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; ($20 prepaid); Consumer Federation of America, 1424 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036; Tel: 202-387-6121 ($20 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consumer Federation of America, Washington, DC.; United States Public Interest Research Group, Washington, DC.