Safety Blindspots in Activities and Recreation: How to identify and reduce risk at your facilities

Discover the steps of understanding, discovering and addressing safety blindspots.

Alanna Crochetiere
Alanna Crochetiere
July 18, 2023 2 min read

Safety first!

As a leader at your parks and recreation agency, you know how important your facilities are to your community. They provide opportunities for outdoor recreation, physical activity, and social interaction, just to name a few. However, like so many public facilities, these areas can also come with the potential for safety risks. There are the obvious safety risks that we are all aware of, like swimming incidents at pools, falls off high park structures or an acute medical condition at a fitness facility. But what about the risks that aren’t so obvious? Safety blindspots are areas or situations that may pose a threat to visitors or employees but may not be immediately obvious or addressed. It's essential to identify and address these, but how do you uncover them? That’s where we come in.

We’ve created an eBook with how-tos, examples and resources, that will take you through the steps of understanding, discovering and addressing safety blindspots. With the help of this guide, you can be sure you are doing absolutely everything you can to create the safest environment possible for your residents, visitors and staff.

Check out what it has to offer and download the book today by clicking on the link below!

1. Types of safety blindspots

There are several different types of safety blindspots that are possible to occur within your parks and recreation facilities. For example, some can be environmental such as underwater hazards in bodies of water. Some can also be structural or behavioral. Together, we explore potential areas at your facilities that could have the most risk for unidentified safety risks.

2. Why do safety blindspots happen?

There are several reasons why safety blindspots exist in parks and recreation environments and being aware of the causation can help you address the issues. For example, it could be a resource issue, a communications issue or complacency! In this section, we discuss hypothetical situations where safety blindspots can develop, when they perhaps weren’t there originally, allowing you to anticipate the possibility of danger to your residents, visitors or staff.

3. Identifying safety blindspots

Identifying safety blindspots is a crucial step. It’s all about making sure you and your staff stay alert and keep your eyes open, listen to and record experiences (past and present), as well as putting trust in the pros! We ladder up to discussing the strategies that address safety blindspots by first giving you the tools to find them within your own unique environment.

4. Strategies to address blindspots

Once you have identified potential safety blindspots in your parks and recreation areas, it's time to take action to address them such as implementing new policies or more frequent trainings. In this section, we cover 6 different strategies that you can try, one at a time or simultaneously to give yourself, your team and your facilities the best coverage and defenses for reducing risks.

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5. Extra safety resources

Don’t forget that you aren’t in it alone, with the resources provided in this eBook such as links to additional articles, webinars and checklists, we’re confident that your residents are in safe hands.

Take your preventative safety measures to the next level!

Find plenty of options of how and when you and your team can take those next steps towards addressing safety blindspots by reading the full-length guide.

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