|Playgrounds and outdoor play equipment provide children with enjoyment, fresh air and needed physical exercise. But they can also pose safety hazards. Faulty equipment and/or improper surfaces are hazards that can result in injuries to children on playgrounds.
Sometimes such injuries result in litigation against the playground owner (i.e., a Community Association) for negligence. Most playground injuries are preventable with proper supervision and correctly designed, installed, and maintained playground equipment and play area surfaces.
Your community should provide a playground that is both fun and safe for your children by checking equipment for potential hazards and providing proper supervision and play rules.
To provide a safe playground in your community and control liability, it is important to have the following:
- Correctly installed equipment & surfacing (documented with a safety audit)
- Proactive & fully documented maintenance programs consistent with manufacturer guidance
- Standard operating procedures and complete document archives
- Parent /Caregiver supervision
Lyle Hoffman, Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), with The Falcon Group team can assist with keeping your playground safe.