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Associa Supports Kids Offers Park Safety Tips for Park and Recreation Month

July 11, 2013

Dallas, TX - 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 to ensure your child has a fun and safe month.

Whether  large or small, rural or urban, local parks and recreation areas  connect adults and children, alike, to nature, provide health and  wellness opportunities, and help make communities livable and desirable.  While having fun this summer, it’s important to be aware of safety.

The National Safety Council  reports that more than 200,000 children go to U.S. hospital emergency  rooms with injuries associated with playground equipment each year.  Families are encouraged to consider the below 10 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, or are mats made of  safety-tested rubber or rubber-like materials. Check that protective surfacing extends at least 6 feet in all  directions from play equipment. For swings, be sure surfacing extends,  in back and front, twice the height of the suspending bar. Make sure play structures more than 30 inches high are spaced at least 9 feet apart. Check for dangerous hardware, like open ""S"" hooks or protruding bolt ends. Make sure spaces that could trap children, such as openings in  guardrails or between ladder rungs, measure less than 3.5 inches or more  than 9 inches. Check for sharp points or edges in equipment.Look out for tripping hazards, like exposed concrete footings, tree stumps and rocks. Make sure elevated surfaces, like platforms and ramps, have guardrails to prevent falls. Check playgrounds regularly to see that equipment and surfacing are in good condition. Carefully supervise children on playgrounds to make sure they are safe.

Associa is a national sponsor of National Night Out 2013.  Together,  the two organizations build community and promote safety in and around  our neighborhoods.

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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