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Tips on Making a Playground Safe Through Planning and Improvement

Safety is important to That is why each of our staff is required to become a National Playground Safety Inspector. We cannot give safety advice on playground equipment unless we know what we are talking about. Such certification is available at testing centers all over the United States. We recommend park districts have at least one staff member have an active license at all times.

Strategic Planning: Playground safety requires the coordination of multiple strategies to prevent and reduce injuries. It is impossible to stop injuries from occurring. Accidents will happen no matter how much planning is involved in a playground. However, solid planning and proper maintenance prevents and reduces serious injuries. Simple steps for playground safety start with an annual maintenance program provided in-house or a third party.

Surfacing: Of the many ways to make a playground safe, protective surfacing is often the most overlooked safety component to a playground. Compacted earth provides no fall protection. Sand and pea fill will not prevent injuries of falls from over 4 and 5-foot height respectively. We recommend surfaces such as rubber mulch, engineered wood fiber, poured in place, artificial turf, and rubber tiles.

Manufacturing: Modern playgrounds are constructed of safe materials and rarely encounter problems in regards to quality of materials or design. Even still, playground equipment safety is a very important issue to address for public playground design. If you need assistance designing a playground or have a question related to safety, contact live support at for an answer.