96% of public park slides in cities unsafe: foundation


TAIPEI — As many as 96 percent of the slides on playgrounds in 50 public parks in Taiwan’s five biggest cities were found to be substandard, posing a threat to child safety, the Jing Chuan Child Safety Foundation said yesterday.

“We found slides to be the biggest safety hazards in public park playgrounds,” foundation executive director Lin Yueh-chin said, based on the group’s comprehensive review of child safety on playgrounds.

According to an investigation in April and May by the foundation and SGS Taiwan, a testing and certification services provider, most slides in public parks in Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung fell short of national safety standards.

“We selected 10 public parks in each of the cities for the survey and found that the slides in only two of the 50 parks met the standards,” Lin said.