By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Playgrounds are placed in virtually every community in the United States. Some are new. Some are old. Some are well maintained with up to date inspections and repairs while others fall into rust and disrepair. It is vital that playgrounds are frequently inspected and maintained. When a playground is negligently maintained or supervised, children are at risk for personal injuries or, even worse, wrongful death.
Owners and administrators of parks, schools, day care centers, churches, and summer camps should strongly consider the hiring of a Early Childhood Outdoor Play Inspector or another qualified person to inspect and make recommendations for playground equipment. An Early Childhood Outdoor Play Inspector is certified after having passed a program offered by the NPPS (National Program for Playground Safety). You can locate a local Early Childhood Outdoor Play Inspector at the NPPS Website. For early childhood playgrounds, there are standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and other organizations. When placing your child in a day care center or school, ask questions and get information as to the inspection and maintenance of the playground. Good schools and day care programs will be more than happy to provide you with this information as a showing of the up to date maintenance and inspection of the playground equipment.
If you have a child who has been injured as a result of negligent playground equipment, maintenance, and / or supervision of the children, it is important to get legal advice from a child injury lawyer / attorney as to the issues that arise from the personal injuries.