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Playground Safety Checklist template

Playground maintenance personnel can use this checklist to complete periodic safety checks of outdoor play areas to reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries from occurring. Check play equipment for cracks, bending, warps, rusting, or breakage of components. Check for tripping hazards such as exposed footings, roots, rocks, etc. Provide a digital signature at the end of the report to confirm completion of the maintenance inspection.

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Playground Safety Checklist template

Inspection

Check play equipment for cracks, bending, warps, rusting, or breakage of any components
Check wooden slides for splintering wood where legs and hands touch
Check metal slides that they do not become too hot when the sun shines down on them
Check for any cracked toys that may pose a pinching hazard
Check for loose nuts, bolts, and caps or protruding bolts with sharp edges and no caps
Check for splintering wood on play equipment, picnic tables, and wooden fences
Check for protruding nails on play equipment, picnic tables, and wooden fences
Check for rusty equipment and toys accessible to children
Check the chains on swings to see that they are securely attached
Check for vandalism (broken glass or trash)
Monitor sand and play area for animal feces, poisonous plants, and mushrooms
Check for tripping hazards such as exposed footings, roots, rocks, etc.
Check for slipping hazards such as sand on walkways or pavement
Check tired for pooling water, bee hives
Check for broken supports/anchors
Check for lack of lubrication on moving parts
Check for poor drainage areas
Check for chipping or peeling pain on all toys, equipment, and buildings
Check for sharp edges and points on toys, fences, play equipment, etc
Monitor fence for thorny plants or bushes that may be accessible to children's reach
Check to see that all gates on pool fences are latched
Check to see that all self latching devices on gates are functioning properly
Check to see that there are no containers of standing water, which could pose a drowning hazard
Inspector's full name and signature
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