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UNI promotes S.A.F.E. Factors for National Playground Safety Week

April 22, 2013

Donna Thompson, executive director, National Program for Playground Safety, 800-554-7529,

Stacey Christensen, University Marketing & Public Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), housed at the University of Northern Iowa, is celebrating National Playground Safety Week April 22 through 29. This week is a time to focus on the safety of all children on the playground.

According to NPPS, more than 200,000 children are injured on America's playgrounds each year. There are four contributing factors, or S.A.F.E. Factors, to properly maintain a safe playground atmosphere: provide proper supervision of children on playgrounds; design age-appropriate playgrounds; provide proper fall surfacing under and around playground; and properly maintain playground equipment.

NPPS suggests taking the time to send letters to your state governor encouraging them to proclaim National Playground Safety Week.  Other suggestions include completing playground equipment safety checks and evaluations and examining local playgrounds.

For more information, visit or contact Donna Thompson, executive director of the National Program for Playground Safety, at 800-554-7529 or