City's Playground Safety Inspection Program Helps to Keep Children Safe
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Park and recreation professionals take pride in providing safe and accessible play facilities for families and children to enjoy. Perhaps the most popular play apparatus for children is the playground equipment found in local parks.
For the City of Oakley Parks Division assuring safe equipment and a safe environment for children to play is a top priority. To that end, all City of Oakley playground equipment receives regular maintenance and frequent inspection to ensure equipment complies with American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) standards and no risk of injury is present.
All equipment also must comply with the California Playground Safety Regulations, found in the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 4, Chapter 22. Regular inspections are required to be conducted by a National Playground Safety Institute (NPSI) certified playground safety inspector.
Danny Yore, Oakley Parks Division employee, is a trained and NPSI certified playground inspector and leads the playground safety program, making regular inspections, repairing or taking corrective action to remove equipment, removing graffiti, and making sure the fall safety material is adequate, all in an effort to keep the City's twenty (20) playgrounds as hazard free as possible.
Yore said he gains great satisfaction from this facet of his job. The only bad aspect he cites is vandalism. "I am disappointed each time I must deal with the results of the negative conduct and behavior of some individuals. The time and the money spent every year cleaning up graffiti and repairing and replacing vandalized equipment is a little discouraging," Yore noted.
Yore encourages everyone to be involved in playground safety and keeping a watchful eye over our City parks. "If you see any graffiti, play equipment that needs repair, or any safety issue within a park, please call the City of Oakley immediately at 625-7000."
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