How to keep play equipment safe

Playground equipment is provided by many organisations for use by children to help educate and entertain. This could be in schools, nurseries, care homes and so on where the children are either residents or just visiting.

The term ‘playground equipment’ covers any permanently fixed item used for outdoor play. Examples include climbing frames, swings, slides and roundabouts etc. It would also include this type of outdoor  equipment where it is used indoors. Usually, it does not include equipment produced for use at home, soft-play areas, adventure playgrounds and skateboard parks as well as ancillary items (such as, fences, seats, litterbins etc.).

Because of the nature of the equipment and how it is used, it’s essential that it is properly installed, cleaned and maintained. Obviously, adequate precautions must also be taken where the equipment becomes damaged or defective until this can be corrected.

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