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Hazardous Playground Equipment

Read the article in Web Links entitled CPSC Confirms Safety of Soft-Contained Playgrounds under the Soft-Contained Playground topic.

Provide your thoughts, with examples or references for the following questions:

1. The report identifies 2 hazards - sliding into ball pools and jumping off of the mountain climb. Do you feel that removing these two elements made the playground safer? Why or Why Not?

2. The boy that died was identified as a 13-year-old boy. Do you think the boy's age was more or less important in the accident as compared to the design of the slide? Why or Why Not?

3. There is no doubt that SCPE equipment is safer than traditional playground equipment. But, is it possible to design out all of the hazards? How does parental (personal) responsibility fit in?

4. Search the Internet for additional references to playground safety and post them as a reply to the original link in Link Sharing.

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1. The report identifies 2 hazards - sliding into ball pools and jumping off of the mountain climb. Do you feel that removing these two elements made the playground safer? Why or Why Not?

Yes it makes it safer because children playing at the base of the slide or the mountain climb could easily be struck by other children sliding down or jumping from the mountain climb. Therefore, the removal of these fixtures is imperative to prevent the death of another child under similar circumstances that ...

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