December 30, 2008

Playground safety legislation introduced in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Eagle
Dec. 23, 2008

CITY HALL — Council Members Bill de Blasio and Jessica Lappin introduced legislation in the Council to protect children from the dangers of hot mats at city playgrounds during the peak summer months. The black, tiled mats underneath playground equipment can reach temperatures more than 166 degrees Fahrenheit. On hot summer days, these mats can pose a considerable danger to children.

The legislation, Intro 896, requires that the city post signs at all playgrounds warning parents and children of the potential dangers of hot playground mats. NYC Park Advocates, a local organization dedicated to restoring and improving the city’s parks and playgrounds, has done dedicated research on this issue and is credited with the temperature information cited in this release.

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