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Playgrounds provide tremendous opportunities for children of all ages and abilities. Unfortunately, they are the site of serious accidental injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission there are more than 200,000 children injured on America’s playgrounds each year. Many of these accidents could be prevented by having a playground safety, maintenance and inspection program.

Inspections need to happen on a routine basis. A comprehensive maintenance program should be developed for each specific playground. It should include staff training, use of inspection checklists, prompt repair of discovered problems and detailed documentation. Plans should be based on manufacturer’s recommendations and CPSC guidelines. The Public Playground Safety Handbook from CPSC has several maintenance inspection checklists that could be used. To read more about playground safety inspections and additional links with information you should know, click here.

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