Playing It Safe
Here are some factors from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to consider when determining whether your public playground is safe:
Does it have at least a foot thick of wood chips, mulch or sand, or rubber mats around the play equipment?
Are play structures more than 30 inches high and at least 9 feet apart?
Have dangerous hardware like S hooks and bolt ends been removed?
Have sharp points or edges on equipment been covered or removed?
Have tripping hazards such as tree stumps or rocks been removed?
Do elevated ramps and platforms have guardrails?