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SAFE Play Areas
Creation, Maintenance and Renovation

By Donna Thompson, Susan D. Hudson, Heather Olsen
Soft Cover, 224 pages, © 2007

For children, playgrounds and play areas are a recipe for fun or perhaps an accident waiting to happen. Playing without fear or tears provides many benefits to a child's development. Yet every year, hundreds of thousands of children suffer serious playground-related injuries that require emergency medical treatment.

Written by the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) staff, S.A.F.E. Play Areas: Creation, Maintenance, and Renovation is a resource for facility managers, administrators, and play supervisors in any playground or play area. This all-in-one guide explores the four components of the thoroughly tested, easy-to-implement S.A.F.E. model:

(S)upervision, adults must be trained in appropriate active supervision techniques.

(A)ge-appropriate design, children of varying age groups need equipment designed for their specific developmental characteristics.

(F)all surfacing,the type and depth of ground materials must be adequate for cushioning falls.

(E)quipment, plastic, wooden, and metal equipment must be maintained, repaired, and replaced.

Readers will learn how play areas can be designed to provide maximum value while minimising risk factors. The CD-ROM includes a slide presentation package of key concepts from the text for use as foundational or refresher training.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Framework of S.A.F.E. Play Areas;
Chapter 2. he Importance of Supervision;
Chapter 3. Implementing Active Supervision;
Chapter 4. I Am, Therefore I Play!;
Chapter 5. Creating Developmentally Appropriate Play Areas for Children;
Chapter 6. The Higher They Are, the Harder They Fall: The Importance of Surfacing for Play Areas;
Chapter 7. The Impact of S.A.F.E. Surfacing;
Chapter 8. Maintaining S.A.F.E. Play Areas;
Chapter 9. The Nuts and Bolts of Good Maintenance Policies;
Chapter 10 The End Is Just the Beginning;

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