As children head back to school or daycare for the year, it is a good time to evaluate the condition of your playground. While injuries on playgrounds cannot be completely eliminated, they can be greatly reduced by following guidelines established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The CPSC has done testing and research on the many different hazards that a playground presents and have found ways to reduce these hazards through playground design to help protect children of all ages. Whether you are designing a new playground or you are checking to see if your current one is safe, the CPSC Public Safety Handbook should be consulted!
Protective surfacing should extend 6 feet in all directions around the playground equipment.
Swings should have protective surfacing in front and back of the swing to a distance that is twice the height of the bar from which the swing is suspended.
For all of the guidelines on Playgrounds or for more information the full Public Playground Safety Handbook provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can be viewed at https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/325.pdf.
The IMT Loss Control Department has resources available to help our agents and insureds in their efforts to reduce exposures and injuries while promoting safety at the workplace and in the home. Please contact our office at ext. 874 if you have an insured you think could benefit from additional information or a loss control visit!
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