Summer Series: CPSC's Outdoor Playground Safety Guidelines

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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has a detailed set of recommendations to follow that include:

  • A playground’s ground cover should have at least 12 inches of pea gravel, wood chips, mulch, sand, or approved rubber matting.   The cover should extend at least 6 feet beyond the equipment area and be free of debris.
  • All equipment should be firmly anchored with devices set below the surface to prevent tripping over them.
  • Swing seats should be made of lightweight, impact-absorbing materials like rubber or plastic and sized so that only one child at a time can sit on them.
  • Bucket-type seats should be used for toddlers. The hangers at the top of the swing should be spaced slightly wider than the seat to reduce side-to-side motion.
  • Slides should not have more than a 30-degree incline and the platform should be as wide as the slide and at least 22 inches deep and connect directly with the slide.
  • Spaces between steps and rungs should be large enough to prevent a child’s head from getting trapped: greater than 9 inches for preschoolers and greater than 12 inches for older children. Handrails should have diameters of one inch to one and two-thirds inches.
  • Playground equipment that is 30 inches in height (the size of a toddler) should be spaced out at least nine feet apart to avoid collision accidents.

You can take preventative measures to try and keep your children safe.  But what if it’s too late and your child has already been involved in an accident? Then you need a New York City Playground Accident Lawyer. New York State Law requires that all those who operate a park or playground must provide reasonably safe conditions for the protection of the public. This means that the City is responsible for any negligence. If the City allows the playground to have unsafe conditions or if it fails to properly repair or maintain its equipment and grounds and a child is injured as a result, the City may be held responsible.  Let our team of New York City child playground Lawyers counsel you on your legal rights.

If your child has been hurt at a playground due to the owner’s negligence, we can help! You need a New York City Child Playground Accident Lawyer.

Michael Gunzburg is a Child Playground Accident Lawyer serving the New York Metropolitan area, including New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Orange County.

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