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Associa Supports Kids Offers Park Safety Tips

July 17, 2012

Dallas, TX - Part Two of Summer Safety Tips Series

July is Park  and Recreation Month and to celebrate, Associa, the largest community  management services firm in North America, and Associa Supports Kids (ASK) offer park safety tips as the second of its three-part Summer Safety Tips series.

The National Safety Council  reports that 79 percent of all playground related injuries are caused  by falls to the playground surface. Families are encouraged to consider  the below tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

On the Playground
Make  sure surfaces around playground equipment have at least 12 inches of  wood chips, mulch, sand or pea gravel. This can help prevent injury if a  fall occurs.
Check for sharp points or edges in equipment.Look out for tripping hazards, including exposed concrete footings, tree stumps and rocks.
Make sure elevated surfaces, like platforms and ramps, have guardrails to prevent falls.
Check playground regularly to see that equipment and surfacing are in good condition.

Associa Supports Kids is a value-added program for Associa community  residents, designed to enhance the neighborhood community experience.  The program focuses on educating parents and kids about safety and  fitness. At neighborhood events, Scout, the ASK mascot, hands out Safety  Tip coloring books, plush Scout toys, rub-on tattoos, and Scout’s own   books –  Scout Goes to the Beach, Scout Goes to a Sleepover and Scout Stays Active and Strong  – to each child in attendance.  Parents receive an ASK safety brochure  and a ChildPrint identification kit. In addition, ASK is focused on  keeping kids strong and healthy by promoting physical activity through  sports sponsorships. For more information on both the Safety and Sports  Sponsorships programs, visit www.associasupportskids.org.

Building and managing successful communities for more than 35 years, Associa is the worldwide leader in community management with over 9,000 employees operating more than 170 branch offices in the United States, Mexico, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Based in Dallas, Texas, our industry expertise, financial strength, and innovation meet the unique needs of clients across the world with customized services and solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com or www.associacares.com.

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