Our Commitment to Safety
Safety is the first thing we consider at the beginning of every new product idea. All our equipment meets or exceeds performance safety specifications established by leading organizations in safely including ASTM, SPSC, CSA, CPSIA, IPEMA and EN.
Beyond compliance, we are an active participant in many of these standard writing bodies providing input into the standard development process. While evaluating a playground for safety, we consider each individual piece of equipment as well as the layout of the entire play area. Our design professionals and sales representatives have the knowledge and experience to provide the safest play designs that provide the challenge and play value for all children.
Safety Guidelines and Standards
Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is an independent world renowned developer of technical standards utilized in testing products. Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specifications for Playground Equipment for Public Use, F1487 & F2373 establishes nationally recognized safety standards for public playground equipment.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) created playground safety guidelines to help local communities, schools, day care centers, corporations and other groups build safe playgrounds. The Handbook for Public Playground Safety, first published in 1981 includes safety guidelines for designing, constructing, operating and maintaining public playgrounds.
Canadian Standard Association (CSA) is an independent organization whose mission is to provide an open and effective forum for activities facilitating the development of standards to meet national needs. The CSA Standard CAN/CSAZ614, A Guideline on Children’s Playspaces and Equipment was approved.
TÜV Product Service is a world renowned leader in testing and certification activities. European Standard EN1176 is the most up-to-date combined European Standard for Commercial Playground Equipment. Use of the TÜV certification mark is evidence to the customer of product quality and compliance to stringent safety standards.
PlayPower LT Farmington, Inc. is a member in good standing of IPEMA, the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association. IPEMA is a member-driven international trade organization that represents and promotes an open market for manufacturers of play equipment.
KidBuilders®, SkyBuilders™, PlayBuilders®, MaxPlay® Systems and PlayCenters equipment has been tested to be in conformance with safety requirements and standards set forth by ASTM Standard F1487, excluding sections 7.11, 10 and 12.6.1& ASTM F2373. Validation is an ongoing process as new products are certified and released. To verify product certification visit www.ipema.com
In the interest of playground safety, IPEMA provides a Third Party Certification Service whereby a designated independent laboratory validates a participant’s certification of conformance to ASTM F1487, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use, except sections 7.11, 10 & 12.6.1; CAN/CSA Z614, Children’s Playspaces and Equipment, except clauses 9.5, 10 & 11; or both.
The use of the corresponding logo in Little Tikes Commercial® catalog signifies that Little Tikes Commercial has received written validation from the independent laboratory that the product(s) associated with the use of the logo conforms with the requirements of the indicated standard.
When installed according to our layout drawings and installation instructions, KidBuilders, SkyBuilders, PlayBuilders, MaxPlay Systems and PlayCenters play equipment meet guidelines as defined in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Handbook for Public Playground Safety and the Canadian Standard CAN/CSA-Z614. KidBuilders, PlayBuilders, MaxPlay, PlayCenters and Spring Riders have been certified to the EN 1176 by TÜV Product Service GMBH.