Any one can check a playground for loose bolts or broken elements. Only a trained Certified Playground Safety Inspector through experience and practice knows how and where to look for things like design flaws, and has the tools and training to test wear points.
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Hard surfaces, such as asphalt, concrete and blacktop packed earth and grass are never safe. Pea gravel and sand are sometimes used but require regular maintenance and have other disadvantages. Surface materials such as wood chips, mulch, shredded rubber, and safety-tested rubber are much safer for the surface of a playground. Of these options, rubber mats and wood chips allow the best wheelchair accessibility.
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Protection From Liability
In California any playground must have an initial inspection. (California Department Of Public Health-sub section 65715 Oct 1,2000)
All playgrounds must be inspected regularly and kept to the guidelines of Consumer Product Safety Commission Handbook for Public Playground Safety Pub #325.
Modifications require the playground be reinspected by a Certified Playground Inspector.
By not having your playground inspected regularly you are taking a risk of having people injured on your property. An injury can not only hurt the person injured, but it can also result in a lawsuit over negligence.
Extend the Life of Your Playground
Adhering to a comprehensive maintenance schedule will help prevent deterioration from the elements, use and abuse. This will ultimately save you money in repair and replacement costs.