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.)
Introduction : ten myths of playgrounds
1. The S.A.F.E. model for play areas
How playground injuries occur
Evolution of playground safety
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?
3. A new way of looking at things
Developing a supervision action plan
4. Age-appropriate design
What are children like?
Children with special needs
Matching developmental characteristics to age categories
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
6. Fall surfacing
Height and playground equipment
Relationship between height and surfacing
Playground surfacing materials
Indoor surfacing concerns
7. Creating safe surfaces
S.A.F.E. surfacing decision model
8. Equipment maintenance
The importance of maintenance
Standard of care
National report card on playground maintenance
Importance of maintenance policy
Evaluation of maintenance policy
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
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
About the authors
How to use the CD-ROM