SAN DIEGO, May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, 200,000 children are treated for injuries sustained from unsafe playgrounds, and approximately 15 children are killed as a result of those injuries. The National Program for Playground Safety seeks to improve the safety and quality of parks, schools and other recreation areas across all 50 states through innovative safety education and awareness.
We need to bring National Playground Safety Week to California next year, but it cannot be done without community support. Your voice can be heard –- if we work together, we can raise awareness and join in with the National Program for Playground Safety in 2012.
Whether you are a parent, an uncle, an aunt or a grandparent in the state of California, you understand the importance of keeping kids safe every day. Do your part to promote playground safety and awareness by petitioning for California's participation in this vital program.
What San Diego can do to promote safer playgrounds
- Contact your local school and let administrators know that you stand up for child safety and want more safety initiatives at the school (videos, training, play equipment updates, etc.)
- Ask for more supervision during recess and, if possible, offer to volunteer for yard duty in order to contribute personally to a safer playground environment.
- Ensure that children of different age groups have separate play areas. Ages 2-5 have different play speeds and style than children ages 6-12.
- Request improved playground surfaces to help prevent falls, abrasions and other hazards of uneven concrete play areas. Shock-absorbing surfaces like shredded rubber or rubberized asphalt are safest for small children.
- Download a "Playground Safety Report Card" for an in-hand reference guide and schedule an opportunity to walk through the playground with your school's principal.
About The Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC:
Since 1992, San Diego personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC have been fighting for the people. Michael Pines, founder, is San Diego's safety advocate and helps those who are injured in car accidents seek appropriate recovery. For daily safety tips, follow us on Twitter: @MichaelPines.
Ruth Kagchelland, Director of Public Relations
The Law Offices of Michael Pines, APC
Phone: (858) 551-2090
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