Kids Get Old. So Do Playgrounds.
Routine playground inspections and maintenance are critical to keeping children safe.
Keep Safety a Priority
Parkreation offers certified playground safety inspections and audits in Illinois and Indiana to ensure your outdoor play area meets all necessary safety standards! Our team includes Certified Playground Safety Inspectors (CPSI) who have been professionally trained by the National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI). This service is for municipal park districts, homeowners associations, private and public schools, daycares, and other commercial organizations that are responsible for outdoor playground equipment. Playground safety inspections are an important step in maintaining your equipment’s standard of care and ensuring that children are safe from potential safety hazards.
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Playground Inspection FAQs
What is a playground safety inspection?
A playground safety inspection is a thorough assessment of a playground’s equipment and surfacing to ensure that it meets current safety standards and guidelines. A safety inspection often addresses other maintenance concerns that may affect the playground’s standard of care. A written report is provided following the on-site inspection that details the hazards and concerns found.
Why are playground safety inspections important?
Playground safety inspections are important because they help ensure that children are playing on equipment that is safe and free from hazards. If playgrounds have not been properly maintained throughout their lifespan, there may be dangerous issues that result from use and wear. They can also identify any potentialÂ hazards that need to be addressed to prevent injuries or even death.
How often should playground safety inspections be conducted?
Playground safety inspections should be conducted on a regular basis, typically once a year or more frequently if the playground is heavily used or located in an area with harsh weather conditions.
What happens if a playground fails a safety inspection?
If a playground fails a safety inspection, it may need to be closed until the necessary repairs or modifications can be made to bring it up to code. In some cases, the playground may need to be replaced entirely to ensure the safety of the children who use it.
What is the difference between a playground inspection and an audit?
A playground inspection is a thorough assessment of a playground’s equipment and surfacing to ensure that it meets current safety standards and guidelines. Inspections typically result in a report that outlines any issues or hazards that were identified, along with recommendations for addressing them.
A playground audit is a more comprehensive assessment that looks beyond just the safety of the equipment and surfacing to consider a range of factors that can impact the overall quality of the play experience. Audits typically involve a detailed evaluation of the entire playground area, including the layout, accessibility, play value, and maintenance. The goal of an audit is to identify areas where the playground could be improved to better meet the needs and interests of the children who use it.
Useful Playground Safety Resources and Standards:
Illinois Parks & Recreation Association
Indiana Parks & Recreation Association
Access Board for ADA Play Area
Handbook for Public Playground Safety
International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association
International Playground Contractors Association (NPCAI)
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
NPSI Certified Inspectors Training
Playground inspections are based on the latest American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards F1487-05, F2223-09 and the public playground safety guidelines set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). NPSI combines the guidelines and regulations from both organizations in an effort to simplify the inspection process so that nothing is missed.