To provide SUPERIOR SHADE products for virtually every type of playground and other outdoor situation - no matter the size, shape or location.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advises parents to check for hot surfaces on metal playground equipment before allowing young children to play on it. Solid steel decks, slides or steps in direct sunlight may reach temperatures high enough to cause serious contact burn injuries in a matter of seconds.
CPSC knows of incidents in which children suffered second and third degree burns to their hands, legs and buttocks when they sat on metal stairs, decks or slides. Young children are most at risk because, unlike older children who react quickly by pulling away their hands or by getting off a hot surface, very young children may remain in place when they contact a hot surface.
The interior temperature of a car parked in direct sun will rise, on average, 40 degrees within one hour, regardless of outside temperature. Opening windows, even as much as 2 inches does little to alleviate the heat buildup.
Around 4,800 hail storms strike the United States annually. Property damage in 2001 from hail topped out at over $2.4 billion. The average cost to repair a hail-damaged vehicle is over $1500.00.
One in five Americans develops skin cancer during his or her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 60,000 new cases of melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer) in the US in 2008. Sun exposure during childhood accounts for 80% of the total lifetime sun exposure. The average child under the age 16 gets 3 times more sun exposure than the average adult annually. Early sun exposure is a major risk factor for melanoma. It is also one of the major risk factors for other forms of cancer and early aging of the skin. You can make a difference by providing outdoor sun protection. Parents, schools, child care center and teachers have a responsibility to protect childen by providing shade and teaching the children the benefits of sun protection.