Essentiality of Safety Sign for Children: A Case Study of Safety Issues in Hong Kong Playgrounds

Yi Lin Wong, Mei Seung Lam, Kin Wai Michael Siu (Corresponding Author)

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Play provides children with fun, enjoyment, and opportunities to develop their cognitive, physical, and interpersonal skills. Most children in densely populated cities, such as Hong Kong, visit public playgrounds, as there is often limited space to play at home. Among the many issues related to public playgrounds, safety is an important concern among caregivers, especially as the space between play facilities in Hong Kong playgrounds is narrow and the number of children playing at the playground often exceeds the playground’s capacity. Despite the importance of safety, a recent field visit to a children’s playground in Hong Kong showed that there were few safety signs in the playground areas. Taking a case study approach, this paper reviews the observed safety issues in Hong Kong playgrounds to discuss the necessity of safety signs for children.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors - Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2018
EditorsWaldemar Karwowski, Ravindra S. Goonetilleke
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319944838
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2018
EventAHFE International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2018 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201825 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Children
  • Parental care
  • Playground
  • Safety
  • Safety signs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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