ERIC Number: ED428516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Report and Model Law on Public Play Equipment and Areas. Third Edition.
Morrison, Melaine L.; Fise, Mary Ellen
Advocates for safer playgrounds need to make informed decisions when purchasing play equipment and designing play areas. This updated document provides safety and design criteria in the form of model law provisions that can be used by those responsible for playground development. It reports on injury data which establish common injury scenarios for both younger and older children; and discusses critical developmental issues that affect playground safety, including how children's capabilities and limitations at different ages relate to their play and injury patterns. Additionally provided are the requirements applicable to all play areas and equipment for children ages 2 through 5 years and 5 through 12 years. Final sections of the report present a discussion of playgrounds and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (it does not provide design recommendations for how to comply with the law), and lists references and major sources of playground safety information and available resources. Appendices include Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Safety Alert and CPSC Notices of Recalls, and a revised Consumer Federation of America Parent Checklist itemizing the 12 common hazards that parents and others can use to check the safety of their local playgrounds. (Contains 39 references.) (GR)
Descriptors: Child Safety, Elementary Education, Guidelines, Playgrounds, Preschool Education, Safety
Consumer Federation of America, 1424 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036; Tel: 202-387-6121.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consumer Federation of America, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990