Caring for Our Children Basics

Inspection of Indoor and Outdoor Play Areas and Equipment

The indoor and outdoor play areas and equipment should be inspected daily for basic health and safety, including, but not limited to:

a) Missing or broken parts;

b) Protrusion of nuts and bolts;

c) Rust and chipping or peeling paint;

d) Sharp edges, splinters, and rough surfaces;

e) Stability of handholds;

f) Visible cracks;

g) Stability of non-anchored large play equipment (e.g., playhouses);

h) Wear and deterioration

i) Vandalism or trash

Any problems should be corrected before the playground is used by children.

Topic:Health Services Management


Resource Type: Article

National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Last Updated: May 11, 2018