National Playground Safety Week 2012 is April 23-27, 2012
Playgrounds don’t become safer all by themselves. They need people like you to take action! So what can you do? Here are some suggestions:
- Design and distribute surveys to discover favorite and least favorite equipment, as well as recurring playground problems and injuries.
- Send letters to your state governor encouraging them to proclaim National Playground Safety Week.
- Create and hang posters in schools and community areas outlining S.A.F.E. playground practices.
- Complete playground equipment safety checks and evaluations.
- Challenge your school to an injury-free week on the playground.
- Host a guest speaker to discuss safety on the playground.
- Check out your local playgrounds. If there is hard surfacing, such as asphalt, concrete, dirt, or grass underneath play equipment, call the owner and politely voice your concern. Ask if there is anything you can do to help with the transformation to safe surfacing.
- Write to the editor of your hometown newspaper commenting on any playground safety issues in your local community. Give credit to those facilities with safe playgrounds as well.
- With children, make a maximum of five playground rules that they can remember and follow.
“Play S.A.F.E.” Activities