Playground Safety Handout

Playground Safety Handout - (streets, standing water, etc.)...

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PEDU 575 Playground Safety Playground Injuries More than 75% of injuries related to playground equipment occur in public places More than half of public playground injuries occur in schools 53% of playground injuries occur on climbing equipment o swings = 19% o slides = 17% Most injuries are associated with falls Tips for Playground Safety Structure: Protective or loose-fill surfacing (sand, wood chips, etc.) under all equipment No asphalt or concrete under equipment Fall zones (protective surface at least 6 feet surrounding equipment like swings) Swing spacing should be no more than 2 swings in each bay; at least 24 inches between swings; at least 30 inches between swing and structural component Organization of Space: Playground should be inaccessible to hazards
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Unformatted text preview: (streets, standing water, etc.) Enclosed within natural boundaries or fences (keeps children from wandering or visitors entering) Enough space for a variety of activities with minimal interference Supervision: At least two adults always present Supervisors should disperse among different areas Supervisors should be trained in playground rules and to scan potential hazards Tips for Maximizing Activity and Learning Appropriate and safe equipment for different developmental levels Teachers teach playground rules, low-organization games, and personal and social skills Adults intervene only for behavior and/or safety issues Space is organized for maximum activity (stations are used, flow is facilitated)...
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2011 for the course PEDU 575 taught by Professor Doen during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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