• Inspections

    Safety Inspections are an efficient and cost effective approach to maintain the integrity and safety of your playground equipment. Regular and continual inspections help identify potential hazards and safety concerns.  All safety inspections our in accordance with ASTM F1487: Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use
  • Playground Repair

    Timely repairs are an important part of keeping your playground safe for the communities children. Details matter and we know where to look.
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When cleaning outside structures, we use a combination of our pressure wash system and hand scrubbing to ensure all parts of the structure and surrounding areas are properly cleaned and sanitized. As is always the case with our cleaning, we only use non-allergenic, non-corrosive cleaning and disinfecting agents. We will also rake and level ground cover while removing debris from the playground area.

Safety Matters

  • What We Do +

    • Spraying all surfaces with an antimicrobial cleaning agent
    • Scrubbing all surfaces to remove germs and debris
    • Pressure washing to verify ultimate cleanliness
    • Outdoor Commercial Play Structures and Surrounding Areas
  • Why We Do It +

    Our second-to-none cleaning service includes detailed cleaning and sanitizing, debris removal and state of the art equipment and cleaning processes. Our crews are comprised of people who truly care for children’s health and safety and we guarantee that we do what we are hired to do — create a safer and cleaner place for children to play. No details are forgotten and flexible safety and cleaning options are available to fit your specific needs.
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  • Safety Matters to the Community +

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The Dirty Dozen

  • Improper Protective Surface
  • Inadequate Use Zone
  • Protrusion and Entanglement Hazards
  • Entrapment In Openings
  • Insufficent Equipment Spacing
  • Trip Hazards
  • Lack of Supervision
  • Age Inappropriate Activities
  • Lack of Maintenance
  • Crush, Shearing and Sharp Edge Hazards
  • Platforms With No Guard Rails
  • Equipment Not Recommended for Public Playgrounds

Improper Protective Surface

post The surface or ground under/around the playground equipment should be soft enough to cushion a fall. A fall onto one of these hard surfaces could be life threatening and there are many surfaces that offer protection from falls.

Acceptable Surfaces:

  • Engineered Wood Fiber
  • Wood Chips
  • Sand / Pea Gravel
  • Synthetic / Rubber Tiles
  • Shredded Rubber
  • Mats
  • Poured-in-place rubber

Unacceptable Surfaces:

  • Concrete
  • Blacktop
  • Packed Earth
  • Grass
Most loose-fill surfacing must be maintained at a depth of 12 inches and be free of standing water and debris.

Inadequate Use Zone

post A use zone is the area under and around playground equipment where a child might fall. A use zone should be covered with protective surfacing material and extend a minimum of six feet in all directions from the edge of stationary play equipment, such as climbers and chin-up bars.

Slide Use Zone

  • For slides six feet or less in height, the use zone at the bottom of the exit area should extend a minimum of six feet from the end of the slide.
  • For slides between six feet and eight feet high, the use zone at the exit of the slide is equal to the height of the platform or entrance to the slide.
  • The maximum exit use zone, regardless of height, is eight feet.

School-Age Belt Swing Use Zone

  • Swings require a much greater area for the use zone.
  • The use zone should extend two times the height of the pivot or swing hanger in front of, and behind the swing’s seats.
  • The use zone should also extend six feet to the side of the support structure.

Tot Swing Use Zone

  • A fully enclosed tot swing requires less of a use zone than school-age swings.
  • Measure the vertical distance from the bottom of the seat to the pivot point or swing hanger and multiply by two for the use zone in front and back of the swings.

Protrusion and Entanglement Hazards

post Protrusion & Entanglement Hazards A protrusion hazard is a component or piece of hardware that is capable of impaling or cutting a child, if a child should fall against the hazard. Some protrusions are also capable of catching strings or items of clothing worn around a child’s neck. This type of entanglement is especially hazardous because it might result in strangulation.

Examples of protrusion and entanglement hazards include:

  • Bolt ends that extend more than two threads beyond the face of the nut
  • Hardware configurations that form a hook or leave a gap or space between components
  • Open “S” type hooks
  • Rungs or handholds that protrude outward from a support structure may be capable of penetrating the eye socket
Also, special attention should be paid to the area at the top of slides and sliding devices. Protruding hardware and some gaps may act as a hook and catch clothing. Ropes should be anchored securely at both ends and not be capable of forming a loop or a noose.

Entrapment In Openings

post Enclosed openings on playground equipment must be checked for head entrapment hazards. Children often enter openings feet first and attempt to slide through the opening. If the opening is not large enough, it may allow the body to pass through the opening but entrap the head. Generally, there should be no openings on playground equipment that measure between 3.5 to 9 inches. Where the lower boundary of the opening is formed by the protective surfacing, the opening is not considered to be hazardous.

Pay special attention to:

  • Openings at the top of a slide
  • Openings between platforms
  • Openings on climbers where distance between rungs might be less than nine inches
  • Partially bounded openings such as seen on the top of a picket fence

Insufficent Equipment Spacing

post Improper spacing between pieces of play equipment can cause overcrowding of a play area, resulting in unsafe play conditions. Each item of play equipment has a use zone around it where protective surfacing material is applied. These use zones may overlap for certain types of equipment.
  • Equipment less than 30 inches in height may overlap use zones with six feet in between.
  • Equipment higher than 30 inches must have nine feet in between each structure.
  • The to-fro area of swings, the exit area of slides, standing rocking equipment and merry-go-rounds may not overlap use zones. This provides room for children to circulate and prevents the possibility of a child falling off of one structure and striking another.
  • Swings and merry-go-rounds should be located near the boundary of the playground.

Trip Hazards

post Trip hazards are created by play structure components or items on the playground. Common trip hazards often found in play environments include:
  • Exposed concrete footings
  • Abrupt changes in surface elevations
  • Tree roots
  • Tree stumps
  • Rocks

Lack of Supervision

post The supervision of a playground environment directly relates to the overall safety of the environment. A play area should be designed so that it is easy for a parent or caregiver to observe the children at play. Young children are constantly challenging their own abilities, often not being able to recognize potential hazards. Parents must supervise their children at all times on the playground!

Age Inappropriate Activities

post Children’s developmental needs vary greatly from age two to age 12. In an effort to provide a challenging and safe play environment for all ages, it is important to make sure that the equipment in the playground setting is appropriate for the age of the intended user. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission does not recommend the following for preschool users – free-standing arch climbers, free-standing flexible climbers, chain and cable walks, fulcrum seesaws, log rolls, track rides or vertical sliding poles.

Lack of Maintenance

post In order for playgrounds to remain in “safe” condition, a program of systematic, preventative maintenance must be present:
  • There should be no missing, broken or worn-out components
  • All hardware should be secure
  • The wood, metal or plastic should not show signs of fatigue or deterioration
  • All parts should be stable with no apparent signs of loosening
  • Surfacing material must be maintained
  • Check for signs of vandalism

Crush, Shearing and Sharp Edge Hazards

post Components in the play environment should be inspected to make sure there are no sharp edges or points that could penetrate skin. Moving components such as suspension bridges, track rides, merry-go-rounds, seesaws and swings should be checked to ensure there are no moving parts or mechanisms that might crush a child’s finger.

Platforms With No Guard Rails

post Elevated surfaces such as platforms, ramps, and bridges should have guardrails or barriers to help prevent accidental falls. Preschool age children are more at risk for falls; therefore equipment intended for this age group should have:
  • Guardrails on elevated platforms higher than 20 inches
  • Protective barriers on platforms higher than 30 inches Equipment intended for school-age children should have:
  • Guardrails on elevated platforms higher than 30 inches
  • Protective barriers on platforms above 48 inches

Equipment Not Recommended for Public Playgrounds

post Accidents associated with the following types of equipment have resulted in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommending that they not be used on public playgrounds:
  • Heavy swings such as animal figure swings
  • Multiple occupancy/glider type swings
  • Free swinging ropes that may fray or form a loop
  • Swinging exercise rings and trapeze bars