BIRMINGHAM, Ala., April 21 (UPI) — U.S. researchers have developed two checklists to help parents and teachers identify potential playground and gym dangers.
Brian Geiger, a health education professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says the checklists list a series of questions about the conditions of facilities and equipment on playgrounds and in gymnasiums.
The lists are available at ed.uab.edu/cea/playground_gym_assessment.htm.
“Our intent is to make the checklists available to anyone for free so that parents, teachers and others can advocate for safer playgrounds at PTA, PTO, school board or city council meetings,” Geiger says in statement. “Parents also can use it to take action if it is a home play area that needs improvements for child safety.”
Geiger and colleagues examined 52 school and community playgrounds and 45 gyms across Alabama and identified safety hazards at nearly all of the locations.
A 2005 U.S. Consumer Product & Safety Commission report estimates the annual emergency room visits to treat children’s playground injuries range from 50,000 to 200,000, Geiger says.
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