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Playground Safety



PlayCore Maintenance Guide
For a playground to thrive as a safe place for children to play, good maintenance is essential. In this guide, you will learn how to maximize your school or agency playground maintenance efforts by properly identifying and correcting potentially hazardous conditions on the playground. This guide will help you define your maintenance plan as a key to protecting your investment, managing risk, improving children’s play experiences, promoting community values, and controlling expenses. Sample inspection forms help users identify procedures for correcting hazardous conditions and to develop inspection protocols and procedures for a sustainable playground safety & maintenance program. 


A complimentary copy of the Playground Maintenance Guide is available from our brands listed below:


More information on playground safety can be found below.


PlayCore Supervision Guide
Adequate playground supervision is an essential tool for providing an environment for active, fun, and safe play. In this guide, you will learn about building or improving a supervisory program within your school or agency. This guide will help you explore the value of play, gain an understanding of the play environment, identify potentially hazardous conditions, develop an understanding of acceptable play behaviors, define recommended supervision practices, and prepare yourself and your school to improve its playground supervisory program. Group activities allow schools/agencies to create customized site inspections, develop playground rules, identify sight line considerations and establish positive behavior supports so your playground supervision plan will be immediately improved. 


To ensure playground safety through adequate supervision, you may receive a complimentary copy of this guide from our brands listed below:


Articles to help your school or community improve playground safety can be found below.



What Lies Beneath: Learn the Pros and Cons of a Variety of Surfacing Solutions
By Anne-Marie Spencer
One of the most important aspects of providing a safe play environment is the installation of high-quality surfacing with proper impact attenuation properties. When installed correctly, safety surfacing greatly reduces serious injuries that can occur if children fall from the play structure.


Read the article, What lies beneath, by following this link.

Continue reading for information on national initiatives that promote playground safety.



National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS)
S.A.F.E. – National Action Plan

The purpose of the National Action Plan for the Prevention of Playground Injuries is to provide a blueprint for playground safety. It is designed to be used by adults who care about children. Parents, teachers, recreation and park personnel, caretakers of children, and other concerned adults all have a role in providing safe play environments.


Visit this link to learn more about playground safety from NPPS.

Additional organizations that promote playground safety can be found below.


Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
The Mission of ACEI is to promote and support in the global community the optimal education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society.


ACEI is a great source for information on playground safety, teacher education, and childhood development.

More guides to playground safety are available below.


ACEI Speaks - A Parent’s Guide to Playground Safety
Over 200,000 children suffer injuries each year that require emergency room treatment. Many of these injuries occur at public park, public school, preschool, and fast food restaurant playgrounds that are in a state of disrepair. This article offers parents helpful tips about common safety hazards on playgrounds and ways parents can help improve children’s playgrounds.


A Parent's Guide to Playground Safety is available from ERIC as a free pdf download, or harcopy purchase.

Additional playground safety handbooks from other sources are linked below.


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent agency within the United States Federal Government with the authority to inform the public of current product safety performance information and recommended practices. The CPSC first published their guidelines for public playgrounds in 1981 and have updated their publication several times since then. The current CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety, publication #325, is an excellent guide for owners and operators of public play environments. The CPSC staff is participating in voluntary standard activities for ASTM F1487 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use.


The Public Playground Safety Handbook is available for download via the CPSC.

Find the Handbook for Public Playground Safety and more from the Playground Safety page from CPSC.gov.

Continue for another playground safety guide from CPSC.


The CPSC Playground Safety Poster presents safety statistics and helpful information for public playground equipment in the form of usage guidelines.


Downlad the Playground Safety Poster here,  via the CPSC.

A playground safety checklist can be found below.


The CPSC Playground Safety Checklist presents safety statistics and helpful information for public playground equipment in the form of usage guidelines.


Downlad the Playground Safety Checklist here,  via the CPSC.



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