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ERIC Number: ED445506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Playing It Safe: June 2000. A Fifth Nationwide Safety Survey of Public Playgrounds.
Fise, Mary Ellen; Morrison, Melanie L.; Weintraub, Rachel
This paper presents data concerning public playgrounds that shows a majority of American playgrounds pose hidden threats to children. It reveals that 1) 80 percent of the 1,024 playgrounds surveyed lacked adequate protective surfacing; 2) 31 percent of slides and climbing equipment surveyed did not have an adequate fall zone; 4) 48 percent of playgrounds had climbers and 36 percent had slides where height of the play equipment is greater than 6 feet; 5) 13 percent of playgrounds with swings had swing seats that are made of wood, metal, or other rigid material that increases injury severity; 6) 27 percent of playgrounds with swings had some swings that were either too close together or too close to swing supports; 7) 34 percent of playgrounds improperly sized openings in the play equipment posing a head entrapment threat; 8) 38 percent of playgrounds had small gaps, open S-hooks and other protrusions posing clothing entanglement threats; 9) 38 percent of playgrounds had unacceptable dangerous equipment, such as chain or cable walks and animal swings; and 10) 47 percent of all playgrounds had peeling, chipped, or cracking paints on equipment surfaces. Recommended corrective actions are offered. (Contains 10 endnotes.) (GR)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consumer Federation of America, Washington, DC.; United States Public Interest Research Group, Washington, DC.