April 25, 2013

It’s Playground Time!

Spring is here! It’s been quite the winter in many regions of North America. Do you have young children? Do they enjoy playing on neighborhood playgrounds?

Before the nicer weather arrives and also to support National Playground Safety Week (April 21-25); this may be a good opportunity to inspect the local play areas your children use and make appropriate parties aware of any findings of maintenance or repair work needed.

Below is a check list supplied by the National Safety Council www.nsc.org.

Top 10 Checklist for Playground Safety

  1. Surfaces around playground equipment should be filled with at least 12 inches of loose fill, such as wood chips, mulch, sand or pea gravel.
  2. Most stationary equipment should have at least a 6 foot use zone in all directions.
  3. Any openings that can trap children (in guardrails or between ladder rungs) should be less than 3.5 inches apart or more than 9 inches.
  4. Guardrails should surround all elevated platforms and should be at least 29 inches high for preschool-age children and 38 inches high for school-age children.
  5. Look for exposed concrete footings, tree roots or rocks that could trip children.
  6. Check for sharp edges and dangerous hardware, like open “S” hooks or protruding bolts.
  7. Make sure your child plays on age-appropriate equipment.
  8. Playgrounds should be maintained regularly. Report any problems.
  9. Remove hoods or drawstrings that can get caught on equipment.
  10. Supervise children while they play.

Soft Surface
Because nearly 79 percent of playground injuries are caused by falls to the ground, improper surfacing is the first thing parents should watch for when they inspect a playground.

Swings
Swings are the pieces of moving equipment that are most likely to cause injuries to children. Animal swings have caused several deaths and should be removed from playgrounds.

Smooth sliding
Slides should be well-anchored, have firm handrails and good traction on the steps. There should be no gaps between the slide itself and the platform.

Safe seesaws and merry-go-rounds
Spring-loaded seesaws are best for young children. Avoid adjustable seesaws with chains because children can crush their hands under the chains.

Here at McAllister Industries, we manufacturer coil, leaf, and other shape springs for a wide range of industries, one of which being for various playground equipment companies.

Some examples are:

Playground Springs

If you feel the above spring-based playground equipment would be a great addition in your playground contact us and we can put you in contact with some suitable playground equipment companies.

 

 

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