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55 Pa. Code § 3290.102. Condition of play equipment.

§ 3290.102. Condition of play equipment.

 (a)  Toys, play equipment and other indoor and outdoor equipment used by the children must be clean, in good repair and free from rough edges, sharp corners, pinch and crush points, splinters and exposed bolts.

 (b)  Toys soiled by secretion or excretion shall be cleaned with soap and water, rinsed and sanitized before being used by a child.

 (c)  Outdoor equipment that requires embedded mounting must be mounted over a loose-fill or unitary playground protective surface covering that meets the recommendations of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. The equipment must be anchored firmly and be in good repair.

 (d)  Slides that are over 4 feet high must have guards along both sides of the ladder.

 (e)  Pea gravel and other materials with a diameter of less than 1 inch may not be used in spaces where infants or toddlers receive care.

 (f)  Children’s toys and equipment, including furniture and rest equipment, described as hazardous by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission may not be used by children at the facility.


   The provisions of this §  3290.102 amended under Articles IX and X of the Human Services Code (62 P.S. § §  901—922 and 1001—1088).


   The provisions of this §  3290.102 amended May 23, 2008, effective September 22, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 2437. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (204670).

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  3290.25 (relating to waivers); and 55 Pa. Code §  3290.102b (relating to playground protective surface covering—statement of policy).

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