Recess is an important part of young students’ days, but it does create an opportunity for students to get hurt if they are not careful. The Salt Lake City Tribune recently reported that according to a new study from the Utah Department of Health, about 5,100 elementary school students in the state were injured on school playgrounds over a three school-year period.
The study found:
- Bone fractures or possible fractures accounted for 50.2 percent of all injuries
- Cuts or lacerations made up 14 percent
- Bumps, bruises and contusions accounted for 9 percent of injuries
- The most common causes of injury were clumsiness and using equipment in ways other than intended by equipment designers
The first week of May was National Playground Safety Week so here are a few resources you can use to keep your playground safe:
- National Program for Playground Safety’s Safety Report Card Checklist
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Playground Standards
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Playground Standards
- S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Playground Standards
- CPSC Public Playground Safety Checklist
- PublicSchoolWORKS’ Compliance Task Manager can remind you to inspect playgrounds monthly or annually. Contact us today to learn more.