Playground Equipment References and Information

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Safety Standards

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Playground Safety Publications

Web Exclusives
Document Number Publication Description
right arrow327 Public Playground Safety Checklist (HTML) Use this checklist to inspect local school and community playgrounds and notify school or park officials about any hazards found.
right arrow328 Soft Contained Play Equipment Safety Checklist (HTML) CPSC staff developed checks to help parents and children use Soft Contained Play Equipment safely.
right arrow5036 Burn Safety Awareness on Playgrounds
Prevent Burns on Hot Metal Playground Equipment  (PDF)
Safety Alert.
right arrow5065 Strangulation Hazard with Playground Cargo Nets (PDF) Safety Alert.
right arrow5094 Strings Can Strangle Children on Playground Equipment Safety Alert.
right arrow5119 Never Put Children's Climbing Gyms On Hard Surfaces, Indoors Or Outdoors (PDF) Safety Alert.
right arrow6005 CPSC Staff Recommendations for Identifying and Controlling Lead Paint on Public Playground Equipment (HTML) Executive Summary.
right arrow6006 Recommendations for Identifying and Controlling Lead Paint on Public Playground Equipment (HTML)  
right arrow6007 Questions and Answers for Lead Paint on Public Playground Equipment Prepared by CPSC Staff (HTML)  
  Guidance for Outdoor Wooden Structures  (PDF) Do you have CCA treated wood in your playground, deck or picnic table? It can be harmful to your heath.  Find out what you need to know to protect your health. 

Neighborhood Safety Library
Document Number Publication Description
right arrow323 Home Playground Safety Tips (PDF) Reports that each year an estimated 51,000 children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for home playground-related injuries -- mostly resulting from falls. Provides tips on protective surfacing, fall zones, reducing hazards, and maintenance.
right arrow324 Outdoor Home Playground Safety Handbook (PDF) Safety information you need to know about planning, constructing, and maintaining an outdoor home playground.

Technical Reports and Handbooks
Document Number Publication Description
right arrow325 Public Playground Safety Handbook (PDF) Presents playground equipment safety information in the form of guidelines. Intended for use by parks and recreation personnel, school officials, equipment purchasers, installers, and others interested in playground safety (46 pages).

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