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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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