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1.1 This practice establishes performance specifications and performance standards for the design, manufacturing, and maintenance of netting and or mesh used in play areas and systems designed for interactive play activities within amusement attractions.
1.2 The range of users encompassed by this safety performance specification is 32 in. (0.81 m) (2 years old, 5th percentile) through 50 in. (1.27 m) (8 years old, 50th percentile), 50 in. (1.27 m) (8 years old, 50th percentile) through 64 in. (1.62 m) (12 years old 95th percentile), 32 in. (0.81 m) (2 years old, 5th percentile) through 64 in. (1.62 m) (12 years old, 95th percentile), and 64 in. (1.62 m) (12-year old, 95th percentile) through adult.
1.3 The ages listed in this standard are intended to be used as a guide for determining activities and use. The height requirements are the governing factor.
1.4 Home playground equipment, matrix nets, nets used as/or in fencing, sports equipment, fitness equipment, playground equipment covered by Consumer Safety Performance Specification F 1487
1.5 This practice includes an appendix (non-mandatory), which provides additional information (for example, rationale, background, interpretations, drawings, commentary, and so forth.) to improve the user’s understanding and application of the criteria presented in this practice. The appendix information shall not be interpreted as mandatory design criteria.
1.6 This standard is intended for new climb areas and major modifications.
1.7 Existing climb areas may qualify as compliant for five years following the date of this publication of this practice as long as any significant design related failures or significant design related safety issues have been mitigated. Thereafter, climb areas must qualify as “Service Proven” per Practice F 2291
1.8 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.9 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
F747 Terminology Relating to Amusement Rides and Devices
F770 Practice for Ownership, Operation, Maintenance, and Inspection of Amusement Rides and Devices
F853 Practice for Maintenance Procedures for Amusement Rides and Devices
F893 Guide for Auditing Amusement Rides and Devices
F1159 Practice for Design and Manufacture of Patron Directed, Artificial Climbing Walls, Dry Slide, Coin Operated and Purposeful Water Immersion Amusement Rides and Devices and Air-Supported Structures
F1193 Practice for Quality, Manufacture, and Construction of Amusement Rides and Devices
F1292 Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials Within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment
F1305 Guide for Classification of Amusement Ride and Device Related Injuries and Illnesses
F1487 Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use
F1918 Safety Performance Specification for Soft Contained Play Equipment
F2291 Practice for Design of Amusement Rides and Devices
Other StandardsNFPA701 Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films Available from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471, http://www.nfpa.org.
ICS Number Code 97.200.40 (Playgrounds)