Lexington, VA (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
Since adding playgrounds to their already extensive line of outdoor commercial furnishings and site amenities, ParknPool has continued to educate themselves on the safety precautions that should be taken when installing and maintaining an outdoor play area. The most important factors in evaluating the safety of any playground are proper surface material, design spacing, equipment inspection, and maintenance.
ParknPool has released a new interactive Playground Safety Guide to better educate clients on the benefits of providing a safe outdoor play area for both children and supervisors. The information contained in this guide should be used as a guideline to minimize injuries associated with playground equipment. It is believed that these recommendations, along with the technical information found in the ASTM Standards for Public Playgrounds, will contribute to greater playground safety for all.
The information found in ParknPool’s updated, interactive, twelve-page Playground Safety Guide include: terms and definitions associated with playground safety; general playground safety considerations; playground materials and surfacing; ways to identify specific playground hazards; the proper steps needed to maintain a playground; and the use of platforms to minimize falls.
The importance of playground safety when installing and maintaining a playground is on the rise. With more than 200,000 children being treated each year in hospital Emergency Rooms for playground-related injuries, it has become increasingly necessary for those involved with the purchasing, installing, maintaining and even supervising a play area to be educated in the basic playground safety regulations.
Playground safety is an issue ParknPool has long been an advocate for. Along with the release of their revamped Playground Safety Guide, they are also sending a member of their staff to become certified as a playground safety inspector in the CPSI (Certified Playground Safety Inspector) program offered through NRPA (National Recreation and Park Association). Chris Lopez, a ParknPool’s Account Manager, is very excited to attend the two day course, “A main responsibility of my job here at ParknPool is to educate my clients about the products that they will be purchasing. I am very excited for the CPSI course and the opportunity to be able to better inform my clients about the very important issue of playground safety.”
For additional information concerning the safety of specific playground equipment or to purchase a new playground unit please contact ParknPool at 877.777.3700.
About ParknPool Corporation:
ParknPool is Veteran Owned SBE/WBE Company and is the leading online supplier of commercial outdoor furniture and site amenities such as picnic tables, trash receptacles, park benches and bleachers. ParknPool was begun in 1998 in Orlando, FL and moved their headquarters to Lexington, VA in 2005. (http://www.parknpool.com)