“Safety is a paramount concern

“Safety is a paramount concern

How Safe Is Junior at Play

cheap adidas April 10, 2000 cheap air jordan (New York) On a path along the Hudson River at the southern tip of Manhattan, in the shadow of the World Trade Center, is a playground surfaced in a soft, green, rubber like material. The playground beckons with brightly painted multilevel climbing structures, swaying bridges, curvy yellow slides, a pedal powered merry go round, and an elevated cheap jordans online sand table that allows a child in a wheelchair to scoop sand and cheap jordans for sale build sandcastles. This innovative complex is a far https://www.airjordanhot.com cry from old style playgrounds, with finger pinching teeter totters and swings sunk into concrete. But according to recent reports, America still has a long way to go in making outdoor play areas safer for kids. cheap adidas

cheap jordans in china A safety report issued in mid March of last year from the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), which analyzed over 1,300 playgrounds in 31 states, gave the United States an overall grade of C. The NPPS is expected to release the results of an analysis of all cheap air force 50 states in several weeks. And, according to the latest data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), each year playground related injuries account for nearly one quarter million emergency room visits. cheap cheap jordans on sale jordans in china

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cheap cheap jordan sneakers jordans china In fact, building a totally safe piece of equipment isn’t just impossible, it’s unrealistic as well. “Safety is a paramount concern,” says Mike Hayward, director of Little Tikes Commercial Play Systems, one of the largest manufacturers of playground equipment in the United States. “But if the equipment does not hold sufficient challenge for kids, they’ll simply find the challenge elsewhere usually by climbing a nearby fence or tree.” cheap jordans china

Cheap jordans So playground planners have to walk a fine line offering sufficient stimulation and fun for kids, while keeping the likelihood of injuries down. “We don’t want them seeking adventure elsewhere.”A prerequisite for a successful playground, it seems, is something to climb on and what goes up must come down. More than 70% of equipment related injuries treated in emergency rooms in 1998 were the result of falls, according to cheap jordans sale the CPSC. Swings lead the way for kids ages 0 to 4, according to the NPPS, closely followed by climbers which can be anything from old style monkey bars to modern, elevated bridges and curlicue towers. Climbing equipment caused the most injuries for kids ages 5 to 14. Cheap jordans

cheap jordans on sale That’s where the new playground surfaces come into play, literally. “It’s not so much the distance kids cheap jordans china fall, it’s what they land on that’s cheap jordans shoes crucial,” explains Tosi. A fall to a hard surface such as packed dirt (whose shock absorption changes with the seasons) or concrete is more likely to cause a serious head injury, the most frequent cause of playground deaths, say experts. In fact, “surface covering is the single biggest factor that determines the severity of a playground injury,” says Tosi. As a result, many manufacturers now offer soft surfacing materials such as mulch, wood chips, or rubber like materials to accompany the new play systems. cheap jordans on sale

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cheap jordans online Efforts have also been made to keep kids closer to the ground. According to voluntary CPSC guidelines (established in 1991 and updated in 1997), the maximum height of climbers has been set at 84 inches for school aged children and 60 inches for preschoolers. It’s also suggested that ladders have steps instead of rungs, promoting greater cheap jordans free shipping stability. And, of course, cheap Air max shoes the guidelines offer a list of other simple corrections that can save children from injury nuts and bolts that are smooth and inset, so children can’t scrape themselves or catch their clothing, for instance. cheap jordans online

cheap air force Unfortunately, cheap jordans from china many playgrounds across the country still have a long way to go. To help increase awareness of playground safety issues, the National Program for Playground Safety has declared the week of April 24 through the 28th cheap adidas as Playground Safety Week. It’s a good time to have a look at your local playground equipment. But don’t stop there, say playground safety advocates. Make sure you keep an equally sharp eye on the children themselves particularly those who like to climb. cheap air force

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cheap jordans shoes According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic cheap jordans in china Surgeons, the following tips can help prevent injuries:Avoid playgrounds that have asphalt, concrete, hard packed dirt, or grass surfaces. Be sure you can clearly see your children on the playground and that your children can also see you cheap jordans shoes.

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