Certified Playground Inspections for Northern California

Playground safety checklist

Playground Safety Inspection Checklist

As part of the standards in California you must periodically inspect your playground and document it.   All playground areas and equipment should be inspected for excessive wear, deterioration and potential hazards. Some manufactures supply playground checklists for general or detailed inspections with maintenance guidelines. These can be used to ensure inspections are compliant with the manufactures specifications.

If you don’t have a playground safety checklist we have provided one for you that covers the surfacing and equipment. This playground inspection checklist is only a guide for frequent inspections.  A trained licensed professional should inspect your playground before it’s open to the public and periodically when the organization see a need.  Remember the playground safety inspection checklist form is only going to cover general maintenance concerns.  Detailed playground inspections should give special attention to moving parts and other wear items like chains. Maintenance inspections should be carried out in a systematic manner by someone familiar with the playground.

How often to inspect?

The question on how often the playground should be inspected is something we hear all the time at SAFE 2 PLAY.  A maintenance schedule should be developed using two criteria:

  • The manufactures information
  • Actual or anticipated playground use

Frequently used playgrounds will require more frequent inspections and maintenance.

After the playground inspection

Inspections alone do not constitute a comprehensive maintenance program, you need to take action.  Any problem found during the inspection should be noted and fixed as soon as possible to limit your liability.

Things to remember when doing repairs: All repairs and replacement of parts should be completed following the manufacturer’s instructions. Anything that has been modified without consent from the manufacture should be revised and put back into the original conditions (Example:  remove any hardware or ropes not provided by the manufacture).

Safety surfacing

Remember that most of your accidents on the playground are going to be from falls and your safety surface must be maintained.  Loose-fill surfacing materials require special maintenance. High-use playgrounds should be checked frequently to ensure surfacing has not displaced significantly from under swings and climbers or at the end of slides.  To maintain a constant depth under and around your equipment a marker can be placed on the support posts.  Impact attenuating mats placed in high traffic areas, such as under swings and at slide exits can significantly reduce displacement.  The mat should be installed below or level with surfacing so as not to create a trip hazard.

When was the last time your district had the playgrounds inspected by a third party?

Let us help you remove liability from your organization. Playground safety is the focus of our business at SAFE 2 PLAY – Certified Matters.

Playground services we provide:

  1. Free Playground inspection checklist, Click here. 20 areas to inspect, one page.
  2. Certified playground safety inspections/audits using ASTM and CPSC standards.
  3. The installation of the additional (new) required warning labels – ASTM 1487 14.3.3.
  4. New! Surface Testing with the Triax 2015 to determine the G-Max and HIC.
  5. New! Sports Field Testing with the “A” Missile; determine G-Max (G-force) and infill measurements.
  6. Training with school staff to maintain your playgrounds within California regulations

As a certified playground safety inspector (CPSI), I have inspected hundreds of playgrounds and help make them safer one at a time. With over 25 years of experience consulting with organizations of all sizes, I strive to provide excellence in service. Let’s work together and be proactive in making your playgrounds safer.

I welcome your call or email to answer any questions and to schedule your playground inspection.

Warm regards,

Craig Faitel 925–999–0117 – President of SAFE 2 PLAY – Certified Matters

Certified National Safety Inspector License # 24607–0717

Craig@playgroundSI.Net  or  Cdfaitel@sbcglobal.Net

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Martinez, CA 94553
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Communities Served

Providing playground safety inspections for the following cites:
Acampo
Alameda
Alamo
Albany
Alviso
American Canyon
Angwin
Antioch
Aptos
Aromas
Atherton
Belmont
Belvedere Tiburon
Ben Lomond
Benicia
Berkeley
Bethel Island
Birds Landing
Bodega
Bolinas
Boulder Creek
Boyes Hot Springs
Brentwood
Brisbane
Brookdale
Burlingame
Burson
Byron
Camp Meeker
Campbell
Campo Seco
Canyon
Capitola
Castro Valley
Ceres
Clarksburg
Clayton
Clements
Concord
Corte Madera
Cotati
Courtland
Coyote
Crockett
Crows Landing
Cupertino
Daly City
Danville
Davenport
Davis
Deer Park
Diablo
Dillon Beach
Dixon
Dublin
El Cerrito
El Granada
El Macero
El Sobrante
El Verano
Eldridge
Elk Grove
Elmira
Emeryville
Empire
Escalon
Fairfax
Fairfield
Felton
Forest Knolls
Forestville
Freedom
Fremont
French Camp
Fulton
Galt
Gilroy
Glen Ellen
Graton
Greenbrae
Guerneville
Gustine
Half Moon Bay
Hayward
Herald
Hercules
Hilmar
Hollister
Holt
Holy City
Hood
Hughson
Inverness
Ione
Isleton
Kentfield
Kenwood
Keyes
Knightsen
La Honda
Lafayette
Lagunitas
Larkspur
Lathrop
Linden
Livermore
Lockeford
Lodi
Loma Mar
Los Altos
Los Banos
Los Gatos
Lyoth
Manteca
Marshall
Martinez
Mather
Menlo Park
Mill Valley
Millbrae
Milpitas
Modesto
Montara
Monte Rio
Moraga
Morgan Hill
Moss Beach
Mount Hamilton
Mount Hermon
Mountain View
Napa
New Almaden
Newark
Newman
Nicasio
Novato
Oakdale
Oakland
Oakley
Oakville
Occidental
Olema
Orinda
Pacifica
Palo Alto
Patterson
Penngrove
Pescadero
Petaluma
Piedmont
Pinole
Pittsburg
Pleasant Hill
Pleasanton
Plymouth
Point Reyes Station
Port Costa
Portola Valley
Redwood City
Redwood Estates
Richmond
Rio Nido
Rio Vista
Ripon
Riverbank
Rodeo
Rohnert Park
Ross
Rutherford
Ryde
Sacramento
Saint Helena
Salida
San Anselmo
San Bruno
San Carlos
San Francisco
San Geronimo
San Gregorio
San Jose
San Leandro
San Lorenzo
San Martin
San Mateo
San Pablo
San Quentin
San Rafael
San Ramon
Santa Clara
Santa Cruz
Santa Rosa
Saratoga
Sausalito
Scotts Valley
Sebastopol
Sloughhouse
Sonoma
Soquel
South San Francisco
Stanford
Stevinson
Stinson Beach
Stockton
Strawberry
Suisun City
Sunnyvale
Sunol
Thornton
Tomales
Tracy
Travis Afb
Turlock
Union City
Vacaville
Vallejo
Valley Ford
Valley Springs
Vernalis
Victor
Villa Grande
Vineburg
Wallace
Walnut Creek
Walnut Grove
Watsonville
West Sacramento
Westley
Wilton
Windsor
Winters
Woodacre
Woodbridge
Yountville
Making playgrounds safer one at a time.