Playground warnings increasing in Hamilton parks

News Jun 28, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Warning: You may want to make sure your children can read before sending them to the park to play.

Stickers with advisories and warnings have been on playground equipment for many years. But standalone signs are popping up at more Hamilton parks as manufacturers seek to give parents more information — and distance themselves from potential lawsuits.

The City of Hamilton doesn’t require the warnings, said Tennessee Propedo, the city’s parks manager.

If manufacturers want to post a sign, such as the one that went up recently with new equipment at Ryckman’s Park, the city won’t stop them, he said.

That sign was posted by Landscape Structures of Delano, Minn.

“We want to make sure we are providing the appropriate information to children and their parents or caregivers,” said Randy Watermiller, the company’s director of product development.

His company’s signs provide information, such as age appropriateness, and warnings, such as the danger of drawstrings from clothing getting caught on equipment.

It’s all designed to help provide “a safe experience” in the playground, said Watermiller.

He said playground equipment over the last two decades has been designed without the hazards of the past — no bolts are exposed, for example, and there is nothing like the monkey bars of days past.

Landscape Structures follows standards set by American Society for Testing and Materials standards, said Watermiller. The company has had some sort of labelling, usually stickers, over the past quarter-century and has been posting the signs since 2012.

Playground warnings increasing in Hamilton parks

City doesn't require them, but allows manufacturers to post them

News Jun 28, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Warning: You may want to make sure your children can read before sending them to the park to play.

Stickers with advisories and warnings have been on playground equipment for many years. But standalone signs are popping up at more Hamilton parks as manufacturers seek to give parents more information — and distance themselves from potential lawsuits.

The City of Hamilton doesn’t require the warnings, said Tennessee Propedo, the city’s parks manager.

If manufacturers want to post a sign, such as the one that went up recently with new equipment at Ryckman’s Park, the city won’t stop them, he said.

We want to make sure we are providing the appropriate information to children and their parents or caregivers.

That sign was posted by Landscape Structures of Delano, Minn.

“We want to make sure we are providing the appropriate information to children and their parents or caregivers,” said Randy Watermiller, the company’s director of product development.

His company’s signs provide information, such as age appropriateness, and warnings, such as the danger of drawstrings from clothing getting caught on equipment.

It’s all designed to help provide “a safe experience” in the playground, said Watermiller.

He said playground equipment over the last two decades has been designed without the hazards of the past — no bolts are exposed, for example, and there is nothing like the monkey bars of days past.

Landscape Structures follows standards set by American Society for Testing and Materials standards, said Watermiller. The company has had some sort of labelling, usually stickers, over the past quarter-century and has been posting the signs since 2012.

Playground warnings increasing in Hamilton parks

City doesn't require them, but allows manufacturers to post them

News Jun 28, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Warning: You may want to make sure your children can read before sending them to the park to play.

Stickers with advisories and warnings have been on playground equipment for many years. But standalone signs are popping up at more Hamilton parks as manufacturers seek to give parents more information — and distance themselves from potential lawsuits.

The City of Hamilton doesn’t require the warnings, said Tennessee Propedo, the city’s parks manager.

If manufacturers want to post a sign, such as the one that went up recently with new equipment at Ryckman’s Park, the city won’t stop them, he said.

We want to make sure we are providing the appropriate information to children and their parents or caregivers.

That sign was posted by Landscape Structures of Delano, Minn.

“We want to make sure we are providing the appropriate information to children and their parents or caregivers,” said Randy Watermiller, the company’s director of product development.

His company’s signs provide information, such as age appropriateness, and warnings, such as the danger of drawstrings from clothing getting caught on equipment.

It’s all designed to help provide “a safe experience” in the playground, said Watermiller.

He said playground equipment over the last two decades has been designed without the hazards of the past — no bolts are exposed, for example, and there is nothing like the monkey bars of days past.

Landscape Structures follows standards set by American Society for Testing and Materials standards, said Watermiller. The company has had some sort of labelling, usually stickers, over the past quarter-century and has been posting the signs since 2012.