The Consumer Product Safety Commission staff developed the following checks to help parents and children use Soft Contained Play Equipment safely.
Check the safety netting for tears or frays.
- Torn netting could allow a child to climb onto the outer portions of the equipment and fall onto a hard surface.
Check cargo webbing and rope equipment for tears or frays.
- Torn rope equipment or loose sewing connections in the cargo webbing may be an entrapment or tripping hazard.
Check floor surfacing for tears.
- Floor surfacing should not be torn, in order to prevent trips or ankle sprains.
- If mats are used outside of the Soft Contained Play Equipment , they should be placed tightly together and should not be torn, in order to prevent trips or ankle sprains.
Check the equipment for general cleanliness.
- Dirty equipment is an indication that the owner/operator may not have kept up with the routine maintenance and repair.
- Walkways should be clear of trash and clutter to prevent tripping.
Safe Use Check:
Obey the posted safety guidelines of the Soft Contained Play Equipment.
- Guidelines should explain proper equipment use.
Follow use and size recommendations.
- Smaller children are at a disadvantage in a collision with a larger child.
- If your child meets the size restriction for the toddler section. do not bring him/her into the older children's section.
- Keep older, larger children from playing in the toddler section.
Remove clothing strings, necklaces, earrings and all loose items in pockets before the child enters the Soft Contained Play Equipment.
- Loose hanging strings and jewelry can get caught in play equipment.
- Items inside pockets can fall into the ball pools.
Do not allow children to play or linger in front of slide exits or to climb up slides.
- A child playing in front of a slide exit or climbing up a slide could be struck, by a child coming down the slide.
- Children like to bury themselves under the balls in a ball pool. If a slide exits into the ball pool, a child playing in the balls in front of the exit may be struck.
Do not allow children to play or linger at the base of climbing equipment in a ball pool.
- Children jump off equipment such as the mountain climb into the ball pool. A child playing at the base of the equipment could be struck.