The Dirty Dozen

In the time that it will take you to surf our website and learn about playground safety, a child will be severely injured and admitted to an emergency room as a result of a playground accident. It is estimated that each year, more than 200,000 such injuries occur in the United States. This year, approximately fifteen children will die from injuries as a result of a playground accident.

NRPA's Certified Playground Safety Inspector Program (formerly the National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI) has identified twelve of the leading causes of injuries on playgrounds, and published "The Dirty Dozen - A Checklist for Safe Playgrounds," a brochure that identifies and discusses the twelve most common safety concerns and leading causes of injuries on playgrounds.

Resources for "The Dirty Dozen"

To purchase "The Dirty Dozen" (available in packages of 50), please visit the NRPA Store. You can also download a PDF version of the resource for individual use.

For more information on "The Dirty Dozen," contact Caroline Smith.