Keep Kids Safe with Our Playground Maintenance Checklist

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Playground Maintenance

Playgrounds are a lot of fun for kids, so it’s critical to create a safe environment for them to play in. Playground maintenance is an important part of ensuring playground safety. Playground maintenance helps to reduce the risk of avoidable injuries. Learn how to keep your playground safe by performing regular maintenance. Regular inspections and updates of playground equipment and grounds are required for proper playground care. Creating a customized playground care and maintenance plan will assist your playground in providing the best play experience possible.

Maintenance is critical whether you manage a public playground or have a playset in your backyard. Playground equipment that is properly maintained keeps children safe by preventing or minimizing injuries. It also extends the life of your equipment, allowing you to enjoy it for many years to come.

If you’re not sure where to begin with playground maintenance, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve created a playground maintenance checklist to help you keep your playground in great shape no matter what season it is. Let’s get started!

SURFACING MAINTENANCE

Various factors must be considered depending on the type of surfacing you have. Older PIP or rubber tile surfacing must be inspected for deterioration, whereas loose-fill surfacing must be refilled and checked for foreign objects and debris. Inquire with a consultant about our playground wear mats to extend the life of your surfacing!

EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE

Ascertain that all equipment meets basic safety standards. All playground equipment should be designed to reduce the possibility of children injuring themselves while playing. Evaluate any existing playground equipment to ensure that it does not pose a risk of children becoming trapped or injured, and stay up to date on new playground safety regulations. It’s also critical to conduct thorough inspections of the Playground Equipment on a regular basis for damage and potentially hazardous situations. Learn to spot potentially dangerous equipment flaws such as sharp edges or improperly secured moving parts that could injure or entangle children. In addition, playground equipment should be inspected for general wear and tear. Long-term exposure to the elements can cause equipment damage, and all equipment degrades over time. Follow the inspection protocol for the equipment on your playground.

You should evaluate equipment and make maintenance decisions based on the type of structure and materials used. For example, wooden equipment should be inspected for possible rot and splinters, while metal equipment should be checked for rust. Plastic equipment needs to be checked for any possible cracks and breakage. Some types of equipment will have components that require particular attention due to possible risks. This includes swing chains and seats, anything with moving parts, and equipment with steps.

GENERAL HAZARDS

While our safety inspectors will thoroughly inspect any playground equipment on the day of installation for any general hazards, damage may occur over time. Make it a habit to inspect your play area on a monthly basis for any sharp points, missing protective caps, open S-hooks, and other general playground maintenance hazards.

DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE

Rain is an unavoidable occurrence. Your entire outdoor play area must have adequate drainage, especially in high-traffic areas like under swings and at slide exits. Slips, bacteria, bugs, and other hazards on the playground will be reduced as a result.

SECURITY OF HARDWARE

Components on your playground may become loose or wobbly as it ages. Playground equipment with moving parts, such as swing hangers, bearings, and track rides, must be inspected. If you find yourself having to repair your playset on a regular basis, it may be time for a new one.

DURABILITY OF EQUIPMENT

Visual signs of wear and tear on playground equipment, such as rust, rot, cracks, or splinters, are good indicators of larger problems. It’s also important to consider the site’s amenities. Inquire with your sales representative about playground equipment warranties to see if these damages are covered.

LEADED PAINT

As the summer heats up, paint can struggle to withstand the abuse. Check to see if the paint (particularly lead paint) is peeling, cracking, chipping, or chalking. In order to significantly extend the life of your playground, consult with a play consultant about installing outdoor shade structures for your children.

Talking to the children about the rules of how to use the equipment; proper placement of equipment to allow traffic between the equipment; positioning the staff for maximum supervision of all children, and staff attentiveness to what children are doing; separate play areas for different age groups or varied schedules for outdoor playtimes; and limiting the number of children in different areas are other ways to make the playground safe. Keep in mind that not all play equipment is designed with multiple children or age groups in mind.