Ensure there is safe surfacing beneath and surrounding all playground equipment in order to minimize the risks of falling.
Ensure that all playgrounds are inspected and maintained by qualified personnel.
- Acceptable loose-fill surfacing materials include shredded rubber, hardwood fiber mulch or chips, and fine sand. Rubber mats, synthetic turf and other artificial materials are also safe surfaces and require less maintenance.
- Avoid asphalt, concrete, grass and soil surfaces under playground equipment. They are not good at preventing injuries.
- Surfacing should be at least 12 inches deep and extend at least 6 feet in all directions around stationary equipment. Depending on the height of the equipment, surfacing may need to extend farther than 6 feet.
Always supervise children using playground equipment. Stay where you can see and hear them.
- Daily, monthly and annual maintenance schedules should be followed.
- Maintain separate play areas for children under age 5.
- Ensure that schools and childcare centers have age-appropriate, well-maintained playground equipment and that trained supervisors are present at all times when children are on the playground.
- Report any playground safety hazards to the organization responsible for the site (e.g., school, park authority, city council).
- Prevent unsafe behaviors like pushing, shoving, crowding and inappropriate use of equipment.
- Ensure that children use age-appropriate playground equipment.
- Remove hood and neck drawstrings from all childrenís outerwear. Never allow children to wear helmets, necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings while on playgrounds.