IPEMA, a non-profit member organization that represents and promotes an open market for manufacturers of playground equipment and surfacing, emphasized the industry benefits of free play and playground safety resources as part of National Playground Safety Week in April.
The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), the playground industry's leading playground safety certification organization, celebrated National Playground Safety Week, April 20-24, by highlighting the organization's popular materials and resources to educate about playground safety and the scientific benefits about play.
"Through the efforts of many, the playground industry has continued to push the limits of creativity and innovation in design, while maintaining safety standards that help minimize risk," said Richard Hawley, president, IPEMA. " National Playground Safety Week is the ideal time to build momentum for play."
IPEMA's resources for education about free play and play safety include:
The Play Pledge - by downloading and signing this simple pledge, parents and children are committing to making play a priority for at least one hour of outdoor play a day at home and/or at school.
The Checklist for Access - This checklist provided by IPEMA is intended to help owners of public play areas understand how to use the Department of Justice's 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. The Checklist provides everything you need to know about access route dimensions, surfacing requirements and play equipment ramps and transfer stations for playgrounds of all sizes.
The Surfacing Guide for ADA Compliance - the surfacing guide provides a complete source of regulations concerning proper installation and maintenance of all IPEMA certified playground surfaces, including: artificial turf, engineered wood fiber, interlocking tile, poured-in place and rubber mulch.
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