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Standards Enhance the Great Outdoors during National Park and Recreation Month


While participation in sports and other physical activities are popular ways to spend time in parks, there are also less-physical options, from kite-flying to sunbathing to model rocketry. A standard developed by ANSI member and audited designator the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides public safety guidelines related to the design, construction, and reliability of model rockets and related kits. NFPA 1122-2008, NFPA 1122: Code for Model Rocketry, 2008 Edition, is intended to be used by members of the public for education and for model rocketry competitions.

But with all this outdoor activity, it's important to remember to take precautions to ensure your own health and safety while enjoying parks and other recreational facilities. ANSI Z80.3-2010, Nonprescription Sunglass and Fashion Eyewear Requirements, provides guidance for most types of nonprescription sunglasses, as well as other types of related fashion eyewear. This ANS was developed by ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer the Vision Council.

Food carts are a common sight in many parks, with vendors selling ice cream, hot dogs, and other food items. NSF/ANSI 59-2012, Mobile Food Carts, sets down requirements for these carts and their components. Developed by NSF International, an ANSI member and audited designator, the standard covers both carts where food is prepared and those where prepackaged food is sold.

However you choose to enjoy National Park and Recreation Month, standards are there to help support the many individuals working to keep parks and other outdoor facilities safe and available. For more information about National Park and Recreation Month, visit the official website here.


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

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