Fall Protection & Use Zone Walkthrough

Fall Protection & Use Zone Walkthrough

Almost half of all playground injuries that require an emergency room visit are the result of a fall from playground equipment. Children are also injured when they collide with other children in play areas, often due to there being inadequate space around/between play equipment.

By ensuring proper use zones around equipment and fall protection under equipment, many of these injuries can be prevented. For example, the odds of being injured from a playground fall on an impact absorbing surface are less than half compared to falling on a non-impact absorbing surface.

The “walkthrough” that follows will provide information and guidelines on use zones and fall protection, and also provides links to useful resources.


The pictures on the following pages may depict some items and/or situations which are hazardous or unsafe. They are intended to assist in the identification of unsafe situations, and therefore may not represent “best practices”. If you have questions about any of the pictures or the situations depicted, please contact us at nccrahs@mcrf.mfldclin.edu.


A "Walkthrough" refers to "walking through" or looking through a series of pictures, and deciding if they show hazards and/or safety items, or if safety items are lacking. After evaluating the pictures and giving an answer, a correction will appear with additional guidelines, recommendations and resources.