PLAYGROUND INSPECTIONS

Playground safety inspections cannot prevent injuries from occurring on playgrounds and playground equipment but an playground inspection can minimize the potential hazards and risks that contribute to playground-related accidents. Managers and operators of commercial playgrounds should routinely have their playgrounds inspected by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI); a CPSI can identify safety issues before they become big problems.

Thorough, well- trained, and insured, Trassig’s CPSIs conduct safety inspections and audits throughout New England for school, municipal, church, managed-property, government, and day-care playground facilities. A Trassig safety inspection offers you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your playgrounds comply with current ASTM and CPSC  standards.

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How a playground safety inspection is done:

  1. a playground safety inspection is scheduled with Trassig Corp.
  2. A certified playground inspector (CPSI) shows up to you playground and meets with you to go over the sites that need to be inspected.
  3. The inspector explains to you the scope of the inspection and clarifies that the inspection results can only be shared with you ‘the owner/operator’ of the playground.
  4. The playground inspector may ask for documentation pertaining to playground equipment/surfacing
  5. The playground inspector uses gauges and probes outlined by CPSC and ASTM to inspect the playground equipment.
  6. The playground inspector takes lots of pictures of the equipment, particularly of pieces that are non-compliant.
  7. The playground inspector writes a report that prioritizes all the hazards found, together with pictures showing the hazards and ways to mitigate the problems.
  8. The playground inspector is available to answer questions or go into more details about ways to improve the playground and make it safer for the kids.
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Profile of a good playground safety inspector

  • Trained and certified by the NRPA
  • Has at least 5 years experience inspecting playgrounds in multiple contexts (daycare centers, Park and rec, HOA…etc)
  • Up to date with the latest ASTM and CPSC standards
  • Familiar with playground installation procedures
  • Familiar with the major manufacturers of playground equipment and therefore aware of current safety recalls and issues
  • Ethical, discreet, and neutral.
  • Writes detailed reports in a way that makes the non compliant aspects of the playground crystal clear
  • Acts as a resource to the playground owner/operator advising them on the best way to mitigate the problems that the inspection reveals.
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Tips for Playground Safety

  • Make sure surfaces around playground equipment have at least 12 inches of engineered wood fiber, rubberized mulch, sand, or pea gravel, with safety mats made of safety-tested rubber or rubber-like materials..
  • Check that protective surfacing extends at least 6 feet in all directions from play equipment.
  • For swings, be sure surfacing extends(back to front), at least twice the height to the suspending bar.
  •  Make sure play structures more than 30 inches high are spaced at least 9 feet apart.
  • Check for dangerous hardware, like open “S”hooks or protruding bolt ends.
  • Make sure spaces that could trap children, such as openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs, measure less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches.
  • Check for sharp points or edges in equipment.
  • Look out for tripping hazards, like exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, rocks, and exposed geo-fabric.
  • Make sure elevated surfaces, like platforms and ramps, have guardrails to prevent falls.
  • Check playgrounds regularly to see that equipment and surfacing are in good condition.
  • Supervise children on playgrounds at all times.

Please visit our playground inspection page for further information and pricing.

To schedule a playground inspection, call us at 203-659-0456  or email us at info@trassig.com .

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