Please use these photos as a reference for safetyissues that face many playgrounds.
We hope they illustrate the importance of having your
playground designed by someone who understands the
complexities of this issue.
Posts are less than six feet from the concrete edge.
Overhead rings and track ride handle are less than six feet from the concrete edge.
Improper use zones represent one of the most unsafe
conditions that can exist on a playground because of the
potential for a serious head injury due to the equipment
being installed too close to concrete curbs, timbers,
structures, or another piece of equipment.
Current guidelines allow no more than
two swings per bay.
No safety surfacing: Adequate safety
surfacing and its regular maintenance
are one of the most important factors in
a safe playground.
The bar on the end that makes an A-frame
swinging on it, putting themselves and the
children on the swings at risk for injury.
This type of swing frame is in violation of
Open S-hook: This swing chain is not
properly attached to the hanger,
creating a risk of its becoming detached
while in use and causing injury.
properly attached to the chain,
creating a risk of its becoming Open
S-hook: This swing seat is not
detached while in use and causing
The side rails are less than four inches
high, creating a fall hazard. There are
entanglement hazards where the ends
of side rails protrude at the top, and it is
Rust and wear have caused a tear in
the metal at the top of the slide,
creating a sharp edge.
less than four
inches tall, The
side rails are
creating a fall
The bottom of this slide is badly
rusted, creating sharp edges.
The side rails are less than four inches high, creating a fall hazard. The bottom of
the slide leads straight into the ground, creating an exit hazard. The entire piece is
not mounted to the ground and it is top-heavy, creating a tipping hazard.
All openings must be less than 3.5" or greater than 9" wide. The opening
must be small enough so a torso can't enter, but large enough to let a
torso and head pass through. Entrapment hazards are very serious issues
on any playground.
Non-compliant whirl. The openings in the center are crush, shear and pinch hazards.
A child could get a finger caught. The whirl is rusted and bent in places, creating
protrusions and sharp edges that could cause injury.
There is too much equipment in too small a space. The
pieces are too close together, creating a risk of injury.
A child's foot, hand or even head could
become caught between the springs on
Exposed concrete footings that create a
risk of injury.
These are just a few of the things that our certified playground
safety inspectors will be looking for when auditing your playground.
We design all our playgrounds to comply with the most current
CPSC and ASTM guidelines for public playground safety, and ADA
guidelines if required.
The opening at the top of this slide is only about seven inches wide.