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b. Installation of Manufactured Play Equipment.
Troop sponsors with construction backgrounds may
Before identifying self-help projects in a proposed
install manufactured play equipment. If the equip-
plan area design, the designer will understand the
ment is to be installed through self-help, a manufac-
child safety considerations that apply to self-help
turer's representative who is experienced in the in-
stallation, adjustment, and operation of the
13-2. Play Equipment.
playground equipment should be onsite during in-
stallation. The safety manager should participate in
Manufactured play equipment should be pur-
periodic and final inspections to ensure that the
chased rather than site-built. It should be installed
play equipment complies with child safety require-
by professionals who are knowledgeable about
ments presented in this manual.
safety, play area construction, and installation.
a. Site-Built Equipment. Site-built play equip-
13-3. Appropriate Volunteer Projects.
ment is not recommended because all play equip-
The use of community volunteers is recommended
ment must be designed to meet child safety stan-
for simple self-help projects, such as building
dards (CPSC, ASTM F 1487). This is difficult to
benches or planters, or spreading loose-fill safety
accomplish with a nonmanufactured product. Be-
surfacing. Staff trained in play area construction
cause the cost of purchasing materials for construc-
and child safety will supervise all volunteer con-
tion is nearly equal to the cost of purchasing manu-
struction. The safety manager should ensure that
factured play equipment, there is no cost savings in
the project complies with child safety requirements
building play equipment. Additionally, the installa-
presented in this manual.
tion will assume liability for any accidents that oc-
cur on site-built play equipment.