Each year over 200,000 children are injured on America's playgrounds. Although some measures have been initiated to address the growing problems associated with playground safety, there has been no nationally coordinated effort in this area. In recognition of this need, the National Program for Playground Safety was created in October 1995 to help communities across the nation examine the critical issues surrounding playground safety. There are four contributing factors to properly maintain a safe playground atmosphere.
1. Provide proper supervision of children on playgrounds.
2. Design age-appropriate playgrounds.
3. Provide proper fall surfacing under and around playgrounds.
4. Properly maintain playground equipment.
NPPS has created a Safety Report Card to help programs access the safety of their playground. Although more extensive inspections should be done by a Certified Playground Inspector, this document is a solid foundation to safety elements on your playground.