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Public Playground Safety Checklist
- Playground Surfaces
Are there at least 12 inches of safe surface (wood chips, mulch, sand or mats) around playground equipment?
Do safe surfaces reach at least 6 feet in all directions?
- Structure Spacing
Are play structures that are more than 30 inches high at least 9 feet apart?
Are the openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs no less than 3.5 or more than 9 inches apart?
- Dangerous Hardware
Are there open “S” hooks, bolt ends that stick out, or sharp points or edges on equipment?
- Tripping Hazards
Are there exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, and rocks that could cause tripping?
- Falling Hazards
Do platforms, steps, and ramps have guardrails to prevent falls?