Playground Safety

Playing outdoors is a major component in the fight against childhood obesity as well as the overall health and well-being of young people. NRPA is dedicated to promoting children's rights to play in safe and challenging play environments, and educating members of NRPA and the general public on the importance that play has in childhood development.

NRPA Guides Local Playground Safety with "The Dirty Dozen'

Playground injuries have become a formidable concern for American parents. Potential playground risks exist – especially as budgets for schools and public parks are slashed across the nation.

Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA, not only encourages, but guides playground safety in this nostalgic Public Safety Announcement. The importance of playground safety is made clear by Tulipane’s sincerity and the factual guidance found in The Dirty Dozen. This publication identifies and offers solutions for the 12 most common safety concerns and leading causes of injury on playgrounds. The Dirty Dozen can help parents, teachers and all child caregivers to ensure safe playgrounds in communities across the nation.

National Playground Safety Training and Awareness

In the past twenty years, NRPA has developed two of the nation's premiere training programs and resources for playground safety, including the Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) training and certification program and The Dirty Dozen guide to playground safety. Both initiatives have helped to train and inform professionals and the public on playground safety issues at the highest national standards--ensuring that children across the U.S. have access to safe, challenging, and fun play environments.

NRPA Provides Playground Safety Tips on Lifetime Television

NRPA was featured on Lifetime Television’s “The Balancing Act” on Friday, July 23, 2010. CEO Barbara Tulipane provided tips and information about playground safety and NRPA’s The Dirty Dozen. Click The Balancing Act logo to watch the segment.

Playground Safety