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that the equipment meets the requirements of
ASTM F 1487 for minimum vertical sidewall height.
(7) Lateral Discharge. For all slides with a
curved cross-section, verification should be obtained
from the manufacturer that the slide design mini-
mizes the likelihood of lateral discharge.
c. Use Zone. The slide use zone consists of three
parts: the area around slide entrance steps or plat-
form; the area to each side of the slide bed; and the
area in front of the slide exit (fig 1026).
(1) Slide Entry Steps and Platforms. For chil-
dren ages 2 through 12 years, a minimum 2400 mm
(96-inch) use zone will be provided from all sides of
the steps or platform.
(2) Slide Bed. A minimum 1800 mm (72-inch)
use zone will be provided on each side of the slide
(3) Slide Exit. The length of the use zone in
Figure 10-24. Accessible Sand Table
front of the slide exit will equal the height of the
highest point of the sliding surface plus 1200 mm
(48 inches) (fig 10-26). A minimum use zone length
of 1800 mm (72 inches) and a maximum length of
4.3 m (14 feet) measured from the point where the
slide slope decreases to less than 5 from the hori-
zontal will be provided. If the point where the slope
of the slide decreases to less than 5 cannot be
determined, the use zone should be measured from
the end of the slide exit.
d. Adaptations for Children With Disabilities.
When attached to a composite structure, at least
one slide should be accessible via a transfer point or
ramp. Upper body strength is required to maintain
a sitting posture. Slides may be usable by children
who walk with assistive devices. The 100 mm (4-
inch) slide sidewall makes transferring from a slide
to a wheelchair difficult.
e. Maintenance Level. The level of maintenance
required for this play equipment is moderate.
10-27. Spring Rocking Equipment.
Spring rocking equipment is a freestanding play
event that consists of a seat attached to a spring (fig
1027). The seat is often designed as a seesaw, ani-
mal, or vehicle. This equipment allows young chil-
children ages 2 to 5,years, slides with a maximum
dren to experience motion and movement.
slide entrance height of 1200 mm (48 inches) should
a. Recommended Ages. Spring rocking equipment
be selected. For children ages 5 to 12 years, a maxi-
is recommended for children ages 2 to 5 years. Rock-
mum slide entrance height of 1400 mm (56 inches)
ing or springing equipment intended for standing
should be provided,
will not be provided.
b. Safety Guidelines. The attachment area of
(5) Protective Barriers. If the slide chute is not
as wide as the connecting platform, protective bar-
heavy duty coil springs to the body of rocking equip-
riers will be provided to enclose the platform at both
ment is exempt from pinch, crush, and shear point
sides of the slide chute.
c. Use Zone. A minimum 1800 mm (72-inch) use
(6) Shale Chute Sidewalls. For slides with cir-
zone will be provided from all directions of' the
cular or semicircular cress-sections, verification
equipment. When two rocking structures have a
should be obtained from the slide manufacturer