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SAFE: Making Your Children Safer on Public Playgrounds


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Accessibility (for Disabled); Child Development; Child Safety; Children; Equipment Maintenance; Equipment Standards; Fund Raising; Parent Role; Playgrounds; Safety; Safety Equipment


This collection of nine leaflets from the National Program for Playground Safety addresses the active role parents and other adults should take in ensuring playground safety for children. Four leaflets; each focusing on a topic related to a letter in the word "safe;" provide suggestions to ensure playground safety. Leaflet "S;""Supervision Means...;" covers being alert and attentive; being aware of age-appropriate equipment; evaluating hazards; observing signs; knowing safe playground rules; intervening when inappropriate behavior occurs; ensuring safe children's clothing; and being prepared. Leaflet "A;""All Children Should Play on Age-Appropriate Equipment;" covers the following areas: (1) playground equipment that fosters appropriate physical development and is scaled accordingly; (2) playgrounds that help ensure positive emotional; social; and intellectual development; (3) play areas that provide accessibility and play opportunities for all children; and (4) examples of age-appropriate equipment. Leaflet "F;""Falls to Surface Should Be Cushioned;" discusses why cushioned surfacing is needed; appropriate surfaces; where surfaces should be placed; maintenance needs; surfaces to increase accessibility; and how to determine how much loose-fill surfacing is needed. Leaflet "E;""Equipment Should Be Safe;" discusses what a safe playground should look like; types of needed routine maintenance; and other safety measures to check on a regular basis. Three additional leaflets provide a list of resources available from the National Program for Playground Safety; a playground inspection guide for parents; and tips for playground fundraising. Finally; a 4-page brochure discusses 23 steps in planning a play area for children. (EV)


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

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1 PDF file (38 pages)


UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa


©1997 Donna Thompson and Susan D. Hudson



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