Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 6: Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation

6.2 Play Area/Playground Equipment

6.2.1 General Requirements Installation of Play Equipment

All pieces of play equipment should be installed as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions and specifications of ASTM International/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (ASTM/CPSC) standards. The equipment should be able to withstand the maximum anticipated forces generated by active use that might cause it to overturn, tip, slide, or move in any way.
Secure anchoring is a key factor in stable installation, and because the required footing sizes and depths may vary according to type of equipment, the anchoring process should be completed in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications (1,2).
If active play equipment is installed indoors, the same requirements for installation and use apply as in the outdoor setting, including surfacing, spacing, and arrangement. CPSC recommends anchoring for both public and residential playground equipment (1).
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RELATED STANDARDS Play Equipment Connecting and Linking Devices
  1. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 2008. Public playground safety handbook. Bethesda, MD: CPSC.
  2. Fiene, R. 2002. 13 indicators of quality child care: Research update. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.