Tuesday, July 19, 2005

In the pursuit of safety..............

It's tootight around the equipment to be running," said Safety Director Jerry Graziose, the Broward County official who ordered the signs. "Our job was to try to control it."

How about swings or those hand-pulled merry-go-rounds?

"Nope. They've got moving parts. Moving parts on equipment is the number one cause of injury on the playgrounds."

Teeter-totters?

"Nope. That's moving too."

Sandboxes?

"Well, I have to be careful about animals" turning them into litter boxes.

Cement crawl tubes?

"Vagrants. The longer they are, the higher possibility that a vagrant could stay in them. We have shorter ones now that are made out of plastic or fiberglass."

Broward playgrounds aren't the only ones to avoid equipment that most adults remember. Swings, merry-go-rounds, teeter-totters and other old standards are vanishing from schools and parks around the country, according to the National Program for Playground Safety.

"Kids aren't using them the way they're supposed to," said the agency's director, Donna Thompson, who led a national effort to get rid of animal swings two years ago. "I'm pleased that a lot of these are disappearing."
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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us then rid ourselves of the Constitution (the courts and lawyers aren't using this document in the way that it was intended), the law (same reason), police officers (they are using the law for their own personal gain, or just aren't using it at all) and the President (no explanation needed here).

Playground toys are innocent things that kids have "misused" since their invention, and I dare anyone to show me how a teeter-totter or swingset has ruined anyones life. The things that I have stated above, however, are far more serious and pose a more serious threat.

I find it appalling that Broward County would seize playground equipment because of moving parts. What's next? Outlaw toy trucks and dolls because they have wheels or moveable arms? (Moving parts, dontcha know...)

Get a grip...

Saturday, August 13, 2005 11:32:00 AM  

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