Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin (PRWEB) April 22, 2014
In celebration of National Playground Safety week, April 21-25, the BCI Burke Company encourages awareness and safe playground practices for both kids and adults.
“There is nothing better than letting off steam at your favorite playground, and there are simple things we can all do—young and old—to make our playgrounds safer,” said Tim Ahern, BCI Burke CEO/owner. “Some of my fondest memories as a kid are of swinging and sliding at the local Fond du Lac parks, and outdoor play areas all over the globe are still one of the most compelling ways for kids to stretch their muscles and imaginations,” Ahern adds.
Yet each year, more than 200,000 injuries occur on America’s playgrounds, according to the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS). Moreover, 15 percent of these injuries were classified as severe, with 3 percent requiring emergency room attention.
During Playground Safety Week, and all year long, Burke emphasizes the importance of education for both children and adults, including parents, teachers and other caregivers. Play safety also requires keen awareness to monitor children’s behaviors and play patterns, common sense, and redirecting behaviors when potential issues arise.
No matter how safe the equipment is, it cannot supervise the kids. Unfortunately, the lack of adult supervision is a major problem on playgrounds across America. Even when playgrounds are built with the highest quality materials, once they are put in the ground, education needs to be ramped up with adults and kids regarding safe play practices. One of the most important, yet often overlooked components is an effective supervision program.
Training is the first step to help communities reduce injury statistics and make visits to the playground safer. Important tips to be aware of when moving and exploring on a playground include:
Proud of their continued avid support of children’s play and safety, Burke is the only manufacturer to provide an NPPS Safe Playground Supervision Kit with each play system. NPPS also offers ample resources such as the Kid Checker Program. More information can be found at http://www.playgroundsafety.org.
BCI Burke has been creating playgrounds since the early 1920’s and is a premier manufacturer of commercial playground, park, and recreation equipment. The Burke Reinventing Play™ business philosophy focuses on continual improvement and exceptional customer commitment, as well as creating the highest quality playground, park and recreation products, backed by the best warranty in the industry. For more information, visit http://www.bciburke.com.