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Spring into Summer with The Dirty Dozen Guide to Playground Safety
Date:5/20/2010

As spring moves into summer play weather, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is reminding Americans to take the proper steps to ensure that their local playgrounds are safe places for play and recreation. To assist, NRPA has published The Dirty Dozen, a comprehensive brochure and playground-safety resource for playground managers, parents and caregivers.

Ashburn, VA (Vocus) May 20, 2010 -- As spring moves into summer play weather, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is reminding Americans to take the proper steps to ensure that their local playgrounds are safe places for play and recreation. To assist, NRPA has published The Dirty Dozen, a comprehensive brochure and playground-safety resource for playground managers, parents and caregivers.

Playing outdoors is a major component in fighting childhood obesity, and significantly contributes to the mental and physical health and wellbeing of young people," said Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA. It is the responsibility of every community to provide children with safe and challenging play environments."

The Dirty Dozen resource provides a checklist of the 12 most common safety hazards related to playgrounds, play equipment and surfacing materials, and includes supporting information, tips, safety standards and safety facts. For example, Section One discusses Improper Protective Surfacing," and includes examples of both safe and unsafe surfaces. Fact: Improper surfacing material under playground equipment is the leading cause of playground-related injuries, and more t
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