David Williams & Associates is committed to creating safe playgrounds for kids, so we feel it's important to share the news that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released a new version of the Public Playground Safety Handbook guidelines.
Supervision is very important, but even well-meaning caregivers are not familiar with all the injury risks on a playground. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission in their Public Playground Safety Handbook recommends appropriate equipment and practices for public playgrounds. Ray says to “start with choosing a playground that is right for your child’s age.”
CPSC Public Playground Safety Handbook (publication #325) presents safety information for public playground equipment in the form of guidelines. The guidelines were first published in 1981 with revisions in 1991, 1994, 1997, 2008, and 2010.
According to the Public Playground Safety Handbook, loose fill surfacing material will compress at least 25% over time, due to weathering and use. As a result of their absorbing properties, different loose fill material will require different minimum fill levels. When choosing a protective surfacing material for commercial playgrounds, keep in mind that whether unitary or loose fill, dark colored surfacing can become hot if exposed to direct sunlight, and can cause blistering on bare feet.
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