07 May Can playground injuries be prevented?
Each year, more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are treated for playground-related injuries, according to a U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission report. And, according to the Office of Technology Assessment, those injuries cost an estimated $1.2 billion.
Not all injuries can be prevented. But, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is dedicated to promoting children’s right-to-play in a safe environment through the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) certification course and exam.
The CPSI Course Manual states, “The purpose of the CPSI course is to educate participants on national playground safety standards and guidelines for children aged 2-12 years old and to enable those who successfully complete the course to:
– Identify hazards on public playground equipment and the playground;
– Rank the hazards according to injury potential; and
– Apply the knowledge to remove the hazards and establish a system of inspections.”
But the value of the CPSI course goes beyond inspecting playgrounds for hazards.
At EcoPlay Structures, we have CPSIs in every department of the company.
Sales – Every in-house salesperson at EcoPlay Structures is a registered CPSI. This provides customers with a knowledgeable partner who can guide them through the design/decision process – helping them to create the exciting playground they want while making sure it meets all safety guidelines.
Engineering – Our engineers are CPSIs so that they design with safety in-mind – whether the item being engineered is a standard play equipment piece, or a custom-designed, one-of-a-kind play component.
Manufacturing – The supervisors in our manufacturing facility are also CPSIs. Every playground component we manufacture is built by experts in children’s safety.
Installation – Improper installation can lead to safety issues. That is why every EcoPlay Structures installation is supervised by a CPSI.
Marketing – The CPSI in our marketing department makes sure that the safety message in all communications is expressed clearly and authoritatively.
Minor injuries are going to happen in any free-spirited play that children are involved in. But, when safety is a priority at every step of the process, hopefully the chances of serious injuries happening on the playground can be minimized. To learn more, ask an EcoPlay Structures Commercial Playground Consultant about our safety processes.