Protect and Preserve Your Playground
Industry estimates blame poor maintenance for at least one-third of all playground injuries. By creating an effective maintenance plan up front, you can minimize risk and maximize the lifespan of your investment. Here are the fundamentals to consider as you and your local Playworld representative build your custom maintenance plan.
Preserving Your Equipment
Many routine maintenance tasks are custodial in nature and need to be performed regularly, often daily. The following are examples of high-frequency maintenance tasks:
- Pick up litter
- Sweep walkways
- Check potential wear points and mechanisms with movement
- Inspect and tighten hardware connections
- Level and replace displaced loose-fill surfacing
- Loosen compacted surfacing
Create a schedule of preventative maintenance tasks that should be performed at periodic intervals due to age, usage and the environment. For example, you may need to touch up the paint on high-traffic equipment that's been scratched and scraped or install replacement swing clevises and motion bearings for preventative purposes.
Plan to have a detailed, thorough safety audit and inspection of your playground's structural integrity performed at least once a year by trained and experienced personnel. Your Playworld representative can provide you with local resources and consultation.
Develop a formal training program that educates your maintenance crew regarding all the components of your playspace and the required maintenance duties to be performed on each.
Officially document your maintenance plan and calendar and distribute it to your maintenance team in order to increase the likelihood that it will be properly followed. Keep a log of all inspections and repairs, which will be particularly important in the event of any warranty or accident issues.
The Playworld Custom Maintenance Kit
Keep your records up-to-date and electronically filed with our custom maintenance program, tailored to the specific components of your playground. It's yours FREE with the installation of any Playmakers® or Challengers® playgrounds, as well as ENERGI® and LifeTrail® Advanced Wellness System.
Our Playworld Custom Maintenance Kit offers the following benefits:
- Personalized equipment maintenance program on CD-ROM
- Graffiti remover
- Touch-up materials, including primer, spare paint and sandpaper
- Basic replacement parts
Playworld also provides kits for other playgrounds and products, including NEOS® and Origins™ Boulders.
Looking for more information on maintenance guidelines, kits and documentation? Contact your Playworld representative today for more details.