Daily and Monthly Playground Inspection and Maintenance
For a more comprehensive and updated indoor and outdoor health and safety facility and performance checklist, see
“ECELS Health and Safety Checklist 2011 with References” at www.ecels-healthychildcarepa.org (search for “ECELS
Health and Safety Checklist”). The “ECELS Health and Safety Checklist” includes references for each item to Caring
for Our Children, Stepping Stones, and the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale-Revised and Early Childhood
Environment Rating Scale-Revised. Another useful checklist is America’s Playgrounds Safety Report Card.CFOC3 Appendix EE
See additional details in the Public Playground Safety Handbook at www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/122149/325.pdf and
Outdoor Home Playground Safety Handbook at www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/117306/324.pdf.
Note: The facility inspection and maintenance program should include all recommendations supplied by the
manufacturer(s) of play equipment in the facility. Add these recommendations to the items in the checklist in daily,
monthly, and biannual inspections.
NAME OF CENTER OR HOME-BASED PROGRAM NAME OF STAFF DOING INSPECTION
Daily Playground Inspection
(Enter date.) Circle Y once if no problem; circle Y and N each once if a problem is found and ﬁxed; circle N twice if problem found but not ﬁxed.
M T W TH FRI HAZARD
DATE DATE DATE DATE DATE
Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N 1. The entire playground has adequate drainage and is clean/free of trip hazards
and hazardous debris/objects (eg, rocks, tree stumps, sticks, litter).
Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N 2. Use zones are free of all obstacles (minimum 3 feet use zone around toddler
equipment; 6 feet around all other play equipment).
Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N 3. Check for and take action to remove or repair unsafe or damaged equipment (ie,
broken, worn, loose, or missing parts; rust; peeling paint; splinters; sharp edges;
cracks/holes; protruding bolts; noticeable gaps; exposed concrete footers; open
S hooks; head entrapment openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs that
measure between 3.5 and 9 inches).
Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N 4. Rake loose-ﬁll surfacing in areas where it has been displaced.
Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N 5. Sweep loose-ﬁll surfacing, sand, and other debris oﬀ of equipment platforms
and solid surfaces (eg, asphalt, unitary rubber).
Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N 6. Height of equipment for age of users, type/depth/area of surfacing in fall zones
meets the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and ASTM guidelines (See
Handbook for Public Playground Safety, 2010, excerpts at the end of this form*).
Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N 7. If water tables are used, change water between groups of children; empty, wash,
and sanitize water tables and water toys at end of day and prior to use by other
Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N 8. Empty trash cans.
Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N 9. Make sure that portable and ﬁxed play structures more than 30 inches high are
spaced at least 9 feet apart.
Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N Y / N 10. Other (eg, check for animal excrement, litter).
*Excerpts from the Handbook for Public Playground Safety, 2010, US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC
accessed 7/1/2013 at www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/122149/325.pdf.