Assessment of the current status of playground safety in the midwestern region of Turkey: an effort to provide a safe environment for children
Ersin Uskun1, Ahmet Nesimi Kişioğlu1, Tülin Altay2, Rengül Çıkınlar2, Asuman Kocakaya3
1Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey
2Military Hospital, Isparta, Turkey
3Department of Research and Application Hospital, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey
Uskun E, Kişioğlu AN, Altay T, Çıkınlar R, Kocakaya A.
Assessment of the current status of playground safety in the midwestern
region of Turkey: an effort to provide a safe environment for children. Turk
J Pediatr 2008; 50: 559-565.
This study aimed to identify and evaluate the degree of conformity to
the playground standards and the level of compliance with current safety
specifications of the playgrounds in the midwestern region of Turkey.
An observational technique was used at a total of 57 public playgrounds.
A playground safety control form was prepared based on the United States
National Program for Playground Safety and the Consumer Product Safety
Commission security standards, since there is no national law covering
playground equipment and safety in Turkey. The study evaluated the
surroundings of the playground, arrangement of equipment in the playground,
and characteristics of the equipment. The percentage of playgrounds surveyed
with inadequate or hard surfacing was 80.7%. Fifty-two percent of the
equipment was found to be inappropriate. Equipment was higher than the
The results of our study unfortunately point out that playgrounds for children
do not meet many of the safety criteria.