playgndbroken400-1 Equipment in Good ConditionMake sure that all the playground equipment are in good condition. Broken, sharp corners or edges or missing pieces or guards give rise to accidents.
 playgndhead400-1  Openings on EquipmentMake sure that openings on equipment where a child can trap his/her head follows the following rules:

  • To be less than 3.5″ or
  • To be more than 9″

Any size in between pose a danger of a child getting stuck.

playgndrubbish400-1 Trash Around PlaygroundMake sure that there are no trash containing broken glass, jagged metal or sharp objects lying around the vicinity of the playground area.
playgndshook400-1 Hooks on SwingsMake sure that S-hooks on swings are squeezed closed.
playgndsplinter400-1 Splinters on Wooden EquipmentMake sure that surfaces of wooden equipment are smooth and do not contain splinters.
 playgndswingdist400-1 Distances Between SwingsMake sure that swings follow the following rules:

  •  No more than 2 swings per support structure.
  • Swings should be at least 24″ apart and
  • At least 30″ from the side support.
 playgndtrip400-1 Walking SurfacesMake sure that walking surfaces and paths are free of debris.Make sure that water is drained off from surfaces. Slimy algae can make the path slippery. In winter, standing water can freeze and become slippery.
 playgndcar-1Fencing Against Oncoming Traffic

Make sure that fences or hedge separate the kids from traffic or parking lots. In the excitement of chasing and playing, the kids might forget to look where they are going.

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Ground Cushion

Make sure that ground cushion is available for play pan area. The wood chips, gravel, or sand should be loose and at least 12″ deep.