Every used swing set or playground should have annual maintenance program to avoid playground injuries. A consistent preventative maintenance program will help prevent swingset equipment from malfunctioning and causing playground injuries. There are over 200,000 injuries requiring emergency room treatment annually on public playgrounds. Most injuries are caused by non-compliant equipment and events, inadequate maintenance, and problems with playset surfacing. Public and private schools and church playgrounds are considered public playgrounds, and must comply with the current standards and guidelines for commercial playgrounds.
Used Swing set Maintenance – Check how often
Protect your swing set investment with a program of annual maintenance. You should annually check to make sure that bolts and fasteners are tightened properly and are not loose. You should check structural components for aging or warping. Wooden swingsets should be resealed biennial to protect your used play equipment from the outdoor elements. With proper care, your kids’ swing set will provide a lifetime of safe enjoyment.
Used Playground Maintenance – Check how often
It is recommended that all public playgrounds maintain a documented inspection and maintenance program periodicity depending on how frequent and intense the playground is being used. Commercial playgrounds checks should be administered by your maintenance supervisor, playground monitors can be utilized as your first line of defense. Every day they should do a comprehensive spot check that is documented of the equipment and surfacing. Before daily playtime, have them do a walk-through to note any obvious problems or abnormal changes in equipment. During playtime, along with their usual duties of ensuring safe play habits of the children, they should also be alert for any changes in the functioning of the equipment while it is in use.
What to Check
Swingset equipment and playground areas should be inspected for excessive wear, deterioration, stripped or loose hardware and potential hazards that could injure children. Particular attention should be given to moving parts, since wherever there are moving parts; there is the likelihood of friction and deterioration. Surfacing materials need to be maintained for the fall-height requirements of the equipment in use.
Preventative maintenance is the key to protecting our children from playground injuries. If you don’t currently have a maintenance program in place, do not delay – begin one today!
This article is authored by Brian Peterson, President of SwingsetParadise.com