Spring is around the corner and that means more family trips to the community playground. Playgrounds have special maintenance requirements due to the use and abuse by children and winter rains. Plus, without proper care and maintenance tot lots can pose an extra degree of hazard to children with dangers posed by splinters, outdated or broken equipment, inadequate playground surface compaction and faulty fasteners.
California state regulations require a Certified Playground Safety Inspector to inspect and conduct a safety audit of all playgrounds. Then, the owners are required to implement changes in the design, installation, inspection, maintenance and supervision of its playgrounds that are identified by the Inspector as necessary to comply with the requirements. ProTec’s Maintenance Division Manager and Construction Division Manager recently attended a Tot-Lot Training and Certification week to become National Playground Safety Institute Certified Playground Safety Inspectors.
ProTec’s inspectors will examine and complete specific maintenance specifications for playgrounds:
In addition to the danger of accidents there is also the issue of cleanliness. Many playgrounds pose a challenge when it comes to being able to keep them properly cleaned. One issue that is particularly challenging is that of cat’s mistaking the sand at tot lots for their kitty litter box. ProTec’s custodial team performs monthly cleaning programs for playgrounds that help meet the strict regulations.
Regulations also include that anyone who installs playground equipment must have the equipment installed under the direct supervision of the manufacturer or a Certified Playground Safety Inspector. In addition, you should also have regularly scheduled safety inspection.
If you have any questions you can contact the following organizations:
Contact us today for a Playground Inspection, Maintenance Program or Cleaning Service quote.