S.A.F.E. play areas : creation, maintenance, and renovation
- Donna Thompson, Susan D. Hudson, Heather M. Olsen.
- Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, c2007.
Where to find it
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 tecniques.
- 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.
For each component, the authors first examine the research to show why it's a critical part of safety. Then they explain how to put that knowledge to practical use. The book also explores the history of playground safety and debunks 10 common myths about what makes a good or safe play area.
The book includes a CD-ROM that offers a presentation package of slides for use as a quick refresher course in supervision, design, surfacing, and equipment maintenance for experienced employees or as foundational training for new employees. The CD-ROM also contains the six reproducible forms from the book in PDF format for easy printing. The forms can be used in assessing the safety of play areas, which is crucial for school, community, and youth administrators responsible for ensuring that play areas comply with their risk management plans. Also included is a student injury report form that school staff can use for documenting playground injuries to students. This form can also be modified for use in child care settings.
This book and CD-ROM package makes it easy to understand and use the S.A.F.E. model, which is based on current research by the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS). The NPPS works with playground equipment manufacturers and national youth organizations to disseminate current information on selecting and maintaining playground equipment, and they offer best practices in play area supervision. As a leader in promoting play area safety since 1995, the NPPS has trained risk management and play area supervisors in schools, recreation and park departments, youth organizations, and child care center administrators nationwide.
Injuries can be prevented. S.A.F.E. Play Areas: Creation, Maintenance, and Renovation can show you how.
- Chapter 1 The S.A.F.E. Model for Play Areas
- Playground Injuries
- S.A.F.E. Model
- How Playground Injuries Occur
- Evolution of Playground Safety
- Chapter 2 Supervision
- What Is Supervision?
- Why Does Supervision Matter?
- How Does the Supervision Model Encourage Safety?
- Why Anticipate Dangers and Problems?
- Why Does Behavior Matter?
- Why Does Context Matter?
- Why Have a Supervision Action Plan?
- Chapter 3 A New Way of Looking at Things
- Supervision Model
- Playground Context
- Developing a Supervision Action Plan
- Chapter 4 Age-Appropriate Design
- What Are Children Like?
- Children With Special Needs
- Matching Developmental Characteristics to Age Categories
- Chapter 5 Developmentally Appropriate Play Areas
- Ages 6 to 23 Months
- Ages 2 to 5 Years
- Ages 5 to 12 Years
- Park Play Areas
- Play Areas for Children of All Abilities
- Chapter 6 Fall Surfacing
- Height and Playground Equipment
- Relationship Between Height and Surfacing
- Playground Surfacing Materials
- Indoor Surfacing Concerns
- Chapter 7 Creating Safe Surfaces
- S.A.F.E. Surfacing Decision Model
- Maintenance Requirements
- Chapter 8 Equipment Maintenance
- The Importance of Maintenance
- Standard of Care
- National Report Card on Playground Maintenance
- Importance of Maintenance Policy
- Evaluation of Maintenance Policy
- Chapter 9 The Nuts and Bolts of Maintenance Policies
- In the Beginning
- Building a Firm Foundation
- Keeping a Well-Maintained Playground
- Using the S.A.F.E. Model for Maintenance Assessment
- Developing a Maintenance Checklist
- Chapter 10 Toward a Safer World of Play
- Ten Ways to Take Action
- Share Your Success Stories
- Appendix A Related Organizations
- Appendix B Student Injury Report
- Appendix C Safety and Maintenance Checklists
- Appendix D The National Program for Playground Safety
- About the Authors
This item is about
- Table of contents only
- Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, c2007.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-210) and index.
- Local Notes
- INCLUDES CD-ROM. GUIDEBOOK FOR FACILITY MANAGERS, ADMINISTRATORS, CHILDCARE WORKERS/PLAY SUPERVISORS
- xx, 219 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
- OCLC Number
- Other Identifiers
- LCCN: 2006020900
British national bibliography: GBA687903