Playground Safety

  • Cover areas under and around play equipment with soft materials such as hardwood chips, mulch, pea gravel and sand (materials should be 9 to 12 inches deep and extend 6 feet from all sides of play equipment).
  • Do not suspend more than two swing seats in the same section of a swing support structure.
  • Check equipment for signs of deterioration or corrosion, including rust, chipped paint, splitting or cracked plastic components or loose splinters.
  • Avoid putting play equipment close together. For example, stationary climbing equipment should have an uncluttered fall zone of at least six feet in all directions of equipment.
  • Slides and platforms for climbing equipment should not exceed heights of six feet for school-age children or four feet for pre-school children.
  • Beware of entrapment or entanglement hazards. A child's head can be trapped in openings between 3-1/2 and 9 inches wide.
  • Avoid elevated platforms, walkways, or ramps that lack adequate guardrails or other barriers (to help prevent children from falling).
  • Watch for possible tripping hazards such as rocks and roots. Clear this debris from your child's play area.
  • Pull out drawstrings in children’s clothes. Make sure your child takes off any necklaces, purses, bicycle helmets and scarves before they play.
  • Always supervise children when they are using playground equipment.