Check out this article in Washington Post about a suburban D.C. school, Stratford Landing, whose PTA purchased a rather cool-looking piece of climbing equipment. They bought it, using bake sale and other fundraising money, from a playground company that naturally makes sure all its products meet national (and international) safety standards. Nonetheless, the school district decided was too dangerous. It has literally wrapped the structure in police tape and forbidden kids to use it. Says the Post:
Never mind that the same equipment is installed at more than 1,200 parks and schools across the country, including a public park in Fairfax County….
While parents say the kids just want to have fun, officials say the school system wants to avoid potential lawsuits should a child be injured on the equipment. According to statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200,000 children visit emergency rooms annually after playground accidents.
We have noticed the problem that far too many producer of children playground equipment have today. The latest revision of the standard has not been yet assimilated.
Our Children Playground and Urban Furniture with [Art and Technology] are safe, innovative, robust, accessible and attractive.
Artotec have been and is a driving force behind the renewal of the standard. We contributed to the renewal of European security standard for playgrounds and public spaces (in accordance with the new standards EN 1176:2008, named on page 1 of the new manual).
It is also thanks to the participation of a committed and competent member of the committee that we could enforce our observations (16 technicality).
Adjustments accordingly (2009-2010), many equipment suppliers are not updated with the new and current regulations of European safety requirements.
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