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July 15th, 2005 - Governor Signs HF-875 Supporting Playground Safety Surfacing Study.

In the most recent legislative session ending in May 2005, Governor Vilsack along with a team of legislators from both sides of the aisle, signed HF-875 to allow the National Program for Playground Safety, based at the University of Northern Iowa, to continue studies of safe playground surfacing technologies in the state of Iowa. 

In 1995, the University of Northern Iowa established the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Since that time, NPPS has become the premier non-profit organization dealing with playground safety information in the United States.

This legislation marks the third year of the playground safety study which has yielded positive results for Iowa children.  The NPPS results, so far, indicate a decrease in serious injuries by 55% when schools use DuroMat™ Extended Life playground tiles manufactured by Welch Products in Carlisle Iowa, combined  with NPPS's playground safety education.


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