You've worked tirelessly for months -- maybe years -- to install the perfect playground in your community or school. The surfacing has been poured, the ribbon has been cut, and the kids are laughing and running and sliding and growing and learning on the equipment you helped put in place.
How do you make sure that playground lasts and, most importantly, that kids benefit safely and joyously from playing on the new equipment?
GameTime is here to help. We've asked playground and recreation experts to put together two free, fact-packed guides to help you navigate through the playground maintenance and supervision jungle: our Playground Supervision Guide and our Playground Maintenance Guide.
Why are playground supervision and maintenance so important? Numerous studies have shown that routine maintenance and proper supervision can prolong the life of your playground equipment, and reduce the number of playground accidents.
Did you know...
- 200,000 children visit the emergency room each year due to injuries sustained on the playground? (Consumer Product Safety Commission, 2006)
- 80% of elementary school injuries every school year happen on the playground? (Thompson & Bruya, 1995)
- 84% of all playground accidents could be avoided through two activities: adult supervision and proper playground maintenance? (National Playground Safety Institute)
- It has been estimated that at least 33% of playground accidents could be avoided with a planned maintenance program? (National Playground Safety Institute)
Luckily, most playground accidents are minor -- bruises, bumps, scraps, cuts. By providing information and education about proper supervision, though, you can help prevent even the most minor playground injuries.