Playground Safety Checklist



Checklists are an important tool, but they are not a replacement for your sound judgment and child care expertise. Please make a note of any additional hazards or risks you see, consider any location-specific context needed, and take any extra measures required to ensure the safety of the playground you are supervising.

Playground Safety Checklist

  1. Are all surfaces around the playground equipment covered with at least 12 inches of woodchips, mulch or other approved materials? If mulch or wood chips, has it been replaced in the past year?
  2. Does the protective surfacing extend at least 6 feet in all directions from play equipment?
  3. Are all playground structures more than 30 inches high spaced at least 9 feet apart?
  4. Do you see any dangerous hardware on the play equipment? (Open/worn ā€œSā€ hooks, protruding bolt ends that are not capped, etc.)
  5. Are there spaces that could trap children, such as openings in guard rails or between ladder rungs? (All gaps and openings should measure less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches.)
  6. Are there any sharp points or edges on the play equipment that could cut or otherwise injure a child?
  7. Are any tripping hazards present? (exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, rocks, etc.)
  8. Do all elevated surfaces have guard rails to prevent children from falling?
  9. Is the playground equipment age appropriate for the children using it?
  10. If there is a fence and gate around the playground area, is the fence functional and is the gate working properly?


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