Are There Hidden Hazards on Your Playground?

Learn to identify the hidden hazards on your playground from our certified playground safety inspector, Heather Sweet at the June 17 training, Hidden Hazards on the Playground.


In May of 2016, Heather visited WNYT to talk about playground safety. Watch the clip below.

 There are three key components to consider when looking at playground safety. They are surfacing, supervision, and maintenance.

Proper and appropriate surfacing is non-negotiable. When children climb, swing, and slide, falls are to be expected. A fall onto resilient surfacing such as wood chips, sand, or pea gravel may result in scrapes and bruises. Falls onto hard surfaces like concrete or grass could result in serious trauma to the head. The surfacing should extend to cover the USE ZONE for that piece of equipment and should be at least 9" deep. See diagrams below:

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Images from the US Comsumer Product Safety Commission Public Playground Safety Handbook (PDF)

Good adult supervision can prevent falls and accidents from occurring on the playground. Adults should take advantage of this time to connect with their child and become a play partner.

Well maintained playgrounds provide a safe zone for play. Look for closed S-hooks, proper resilient surfacing, equipment that is free from rust and sharp edges, guardrails, and tripping hazards. (See S-hook picture below. The opening of the S-hook should be no larger than the width of a dime.) A certified playground safety inspector can assist schools, parks, and child care programs in determining whether a playground is ready for children to play. Call us today to schedule a playground safety inspection for your playground.


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Learn the key elements of maintaining a safe playground for your children from a Certified Playground Safety Inspector

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