Today is the tail end of National Program for Playground Safety’s Playground Safety Week. While that might not mean anything to you specifically, it means that your state may have recently adopted or may be soon adopted better playground safety standards.
As the premier non-profit organization in the United States delivering training and services about outdoor play and safety, NPPS believes
- Every child has the right to play
- All children need to learn to play and play to learn
- Every child is entitled to a safe, positive, nurturing, and fun play experience in the play environment
At Healthy Child, you can learn about creating a safer play environment in your own back yard as the weather warms up. We don’t have a sandbox, but I was shocked to learn that some types of sand are safer and healthier than others.
In my family, safe outdoors play has always meant some sunscreen and me fretting around behind my kids while they climb. This year I’m going to look into building materials, the structural integrity of our playground, and hidden dangers like loose ropes.