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UNI professor urges public to keep playgrounds safe this Halloween

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Donna Thompson, director, National Program for Playground Safety, (319) 273-2416
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

Halloween, long a holiday for high jinks and hilarity, can become a dangerous celebration when proper safety precautions are ignored, particularly on playgrounds. In Des Moines earlier this year, authorities found sharp metal shards placed strategically at the bottom of a playground slide.

Donna Thompson, director of the National Program for Playground Safety, based at UNI, says there are simple ways for parents and other concerned citizens to ensure safety on playgrounds. She recommends adults assess playgrounds for hazards prior to allowing children to use the play environment. Other supervision tips are available in the Playground Supervision Kit, which consists of a supervision manual, video and safety fannypack.

The kit is available via the Web, at www.playgroundsupervision.org.