improving playground safety
knowledge, understanding, and accountability!
SAFE AT PLAY
Whereas, the safety and well-being of Georgia's children is a top priority and each year more than 200,000 children in the United States are injured while playing at playgrounds, Governor Nathan Deal proclaims April 24 - 28, 2017 as National Playground Safety Week in Georgia. Click here to view the proclamation.
The monkey bars at the Newton Csounty Theme School have finally been removed many months after the fatal injury of Andrea Tyrah DeBruhl. This should have been done decades ago. It should not have taken the death of our daughter to remove unsafe and outdated playground equipment. We ask that all facilities with play equipment work to put our children's safety first. Please obtain a Certified Playground Safety Inspector to survey your equipment. The CPSI uses the ASTM 1487 and CPSC guidelines to identify playground hazards, such as entrapments and protrusions; to address age appropriate and site planning concerns; to analyze design and layout issues; and to establish a playground safety program. This type of safety program would encompass playground maintenance plans, risk management concerns, regular inspections and audits, teaching safety awareness, and maintaining documentation.