Safety Information

We do not make any climbers that are suitable for children under age 2.
The body functions for children under 2 years of age demand a different design to playground equipment.

Regular inspection, maintenance and replacement of damaged parts is essential to the user's safety. You should develop a comprehensive maintenance program, which must include staff training, use of inspection checklists, prompt repair of discovered problems, and detailed documentation.

* Adequate Surfacing Material - Use the table below to evaluate the condition of existing surfacing. When in doubt, add an extra depth of surfacing material. Lack of proper surfacing accounts for the largest number of serious injuries each year. Grass and turf are not recommended because of their ineffectiveness in absorbing shock during a fall. All falls impact can be affected by wear and environmental conditions. Two methods of testing surfacing material have been developed and should be used to evaluate materials. The Head Injury Criteria should not exceed a value of 1,000 on the HIC scale. The impact Attenuation should not exceed a value of 200-G's (200 times the acceleration due to gravity).

* Proper Use Zones

* Head and Neck Entrapment Zones - Components or events on playgrounds should not form openings between 3.5" and 9" that could trap a child. Head and torso probes are available for purchase from the National Recreation and Park Association.

* Develop a Playground Safety Inspection System

Uncompressed Depth 6"
Uncompressed Depth 9"
Uncompressed Depth 12"
Compressed Depth 9"
Wood Mulch
Double Shredded Bark Mulch
Uniform Wood Chips
Fine Sand
Coarse Sand
Fine Gravel
Medium Gravel



Complete copies of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Designation F1487-93 may be obtained by writing to:

ASTM, 1916 Race St. Philadelphia PA 19103 or look for their link on our links page

Complete copies of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Playground Safety Guidelines may be obtained by writing to:

Consumer Products Safety Commission, Washington DC 20207

Safety Resource Materials:

* National Recreation and Park Association Playground Safety Video which includes head probes for inspecting head entrapment. Video/Head Probe Package is $69.95. To order call 703-578-5564

* Scholastic Safety Corporation Playground Maintenance Handbook. The handbook was designed to be used with the U.S. CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety. Handbooks are $14.00. To order call 1-800-274-6989.

* Information Exchange- "Inspecting Playgrounds for Hazards," a 35-minute VHS training video which includes a sample maintenance checklist, preventive maintenance schedule checklist, preventive maintenance schedule and video review questions. The video package is $134.95. To order call 1-800-334-9193.

Guideline Highlights

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission published a set of current guidelines for playground safety in November 1994. This overview has been developed to assist you in reviewing old playgrounds. These standards would also apply in the development of new playground environments. The current CPSC Guidelines should be reviewed in its entirety to have a complete understanding of its intent.

* Age separation of equipment: preschool age, 2-5 years; school-age, 5-12 years. (4.3) If possible, play environments should be designed with separate structures for each of the two age groups.

* Head Entrapment: No openings between 3.5 inches and 9 inches. (7.5.1) Head probes are available for testing on site.

* Use Zone for Stationary Equipment: Should extend a minimum of 6 feet away from perimeter of the equipment. (11.1.1) Use zones should not overlap, with certain exceptions.

* Use Zone for Slides: Is a minimum of 6 feet away from the end of the slide chute or for a distance of the height of the slide plus 4 feet, measured from point of slide chute where slope is less than or equal to 5 degrees, whichever is greater. (11.1.2)

* Use Zone for Single Axis Swings: To extend to the front and rear a minimum distance of two times the height of the pivot point and 6' to the sides of the support legs. (11.1.3.)

* Highest Accessible Part: Of equipment relative to critical heights of tested loose fill material is 12 feet. (Table2, 10.4)

* Swings: Single axis swings may not be attached to a component structure.(9.2.2) Multi axis swings (tire swings) may not be attached to a component structure. (9.9.2) Tot seats should be separated from regular swings or at least be suspended from a separate bay of the same structure. (single axis). (9.2.3) Multiple occupancy swings, (except tire swings), animal figure swings, or rope swings are not recommended. (9.2.5.) No more than two single axis swings shall be hung in each bay of the supporting structure. (9.2.2)

* Slides: Average incline of sliding surface should not exceed 30 degrees. (9.1.4) No gaps between sides and sliding surface. (9.1.4) Roller slides are not recommended. (9.1.9) Exit region is a minimum of 11" as a run out. Slides no more than 4' in height should have an exit region height of no more than 11" from the protective surface: slides over 4 feet should be 12" for preschool age children and 18" for school age children (8.6).

* Stepped Platforms: Unless there is an alternative means of access/egress, the maximum difference in height between stepped platforms should be 12" for preschool age children and 18" for school age children (8.6).

* Climbing Equipment: Climbers should not have components in their interior structure onto which a child may fall from a height of greater then 18". (9.3.2)

* Guardrails and Handrails (2-5 Years): Guardrails should be provided for platforms greater than 20" and less than or equal to 30" high. Protective barriers should be used for platforms that exceed 30". (8.5.3)

* Guardrails and Handrails (5-12 Years): For platforms higher than 30" and less than or equal to 48", guardrails are required. Platforms higher than 48" should always have a protective barrier. (8.5.3) Test gauges are available for protrusions. (7.2)

* Sliding Poles: Should be at least 18" away from the edge of the structure but not more than 20" away. The pole should extend at least 38" above the platform. Sliding poles are not recommended for 2-5 year olds. (9.3.6)

* Seesaws (teeter-totters): Fulcrum center seesaws with pinch or crush hazard are not recommended. (9.5)

Reference: CPSC Handbook for Public Playground Safety

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Hours of Operation (all times are Pacific Time).
7 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Weekdays

Main Office & Shipping & Receiving
1975 Lincoln Ave.
Pasadena, CA. 91103

Customer Service:
Phone: 800-371-2438
Fax: 626-798-1482


Unless specific routing instructions are given, shipment is made in the way considered quickest, most economical, and practical. A signed Bill of Lading is attached to the invoice and a copy of the freight bill submitted with invoice when available. All equipment is shipped Knocked-Down (KD) (unassembled).

Prices and Freight Charges

All prices herein are F.O.B. our plant in Pasadena, California, except where noted. All prices subject to change without notice. Taxes are added to the invoice except when a Resale Card or Tax-Exempt certificate is provided with the order. Shipments to public organizations will be prepaid and the exact amount of freight charges will be added to the invoice. All weights are approximate, but are close to being accurate.

Damage or Lost In Transit Claims

The carrier is responsible for delivering your order complete and in the same condition it was picked up in at our plant. No claim will be recognized by the transportation company unless the freight bill bearing notation of shortage by the driver is attached. L.A. Steelcraft is not responsible for damage or loss in shipment as indicated by the bill of lading, which is sent with the invoice. Any discrepancy between the bill of lading and the actual shipment as delivered or any damage must be determined by the consignee and so noted on the freight bill before signing for delivery. Loss or concealed damage must be reported to the carrier within 24 hours after delivery. All packing materials must be available for carrier examination. For Prompt settlement of claims the consignee should initiate such claims.


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