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S.A.F.E. play areas : creation, maintenance, and renovation

Based on ten years of research, this book outlines the four main components of safe playground design: supervision, age-appropriate design, surfacing & equipment
Print Book, English, ©2007
Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, ©2007
xx, 219 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
9780736060035, 0736060030
70250593
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction : ten myths of playgrounds
1. The S.A.F.E. model for play areas
Playground injuries
S.A.F.E. model
How playground injuries occur
Evolution of playground safety
Summary
2. Supervision
What is supervision?
Why does supervision matter?
How does the supervision model encourage safety?
Why anticipate dangers and problems?
Why does behavior matter?
Why does the context matter?
Why have a supervision action plan?
Summary
3. A new way of looking at things
Supervision model
Anticipation
Behavior
Playground context
Developing a supervision action plan
Summary
4. Age-appropriate design
What are children like?
Children with special needs
Matching developmental characteristics to age categories
Summary
5. Developmentally appropriate play areas
Ages 6 to 23 months
Ages 2 to 5 years
Ages 5 to 12 years
Park play areas
Play areas for children of all abilities
Summary
6. Fall surfacing
Height and playground equipment
Relationship between height and surfacing
Playground surfacing materials
Indoor surfacing concerns
Summary
7. Creating safe surfaces
S.A.F.E. surfacing decision model
Maintenance requirements
Accessibility
Cost
Summary
8. Equipment maintenance
The importance of maintenance
Standard of care
National report card on playground maintenance
Importance of maintenance policy
Evaluation of maintenance policy
Summary
9. The nuts and bolts of maintenance policies
In the beginning
Building a firm foundation
Keeping a well-maintained playground
Using the S.A.F.E. model for maintenance assessment
Developing a maintenance checklist
Summary
10. Toward a safer world of play
Ten tips for taking action
Share your success stories
Appendix A. Related organizations
Appendix B. Student injury report
Appendix C. Safety and maintenance checklists
Appendix D. The National Program for Playground Safety
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the authors
How to use the CD-ROM