Safe playgrounds help reduce the risk of injury to children. The YES test is a quick and easy way to check how safe an outdoor playground is. This YES test helps you to check that the play area, the playground surfacing, and the equipment are all ready for safe play. You'll need a measuring tape and a dime.
Take the YES test by reviewing the list of items below. If you can't answer YES to every item, the playground may need repairs or upgrades.
Protective surfacing is a soft surface that helps to cushion falls. Grass and dirt are NOT protective surfaces.
As a parent or caregiver, you can use the tips below to help promote playground safety:
Current as of: February 8, 2016
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services