Playground Maintenance: A Quick and Easy Guide.

Having a playground at home is one of the best ways you got to ensure hours of fun and joy for your children. Even though the times we live on are full of tech gadgets and bright screens, there is still something magic about a playground that keeps attracting children.
However, nothing kills the vibe more than faulty playground equipment. If you want to keep the fun going —we suggest you do it— it is better to have a maintenance plan as a backup and make sure to follow it. The good news is that today we got for you the  Playground Maintenance: A Quick and Easy Guide.
Did you know that more than 200.000 children go to the hospital each year with playground-related injuries?
Playground safety is no joke. Follow these guidelines to ensure safety and fun around the playground equipment:
Different materials will require different care.
There are several options for playground material on the market. Plastic, metal, wood, and vinyl are the most popular ones. We do not recommend plastic under any circumstance so let us draw some suggestions for the maintenance plan with wood and metal.
If you have a metal playground:
  • Check constantly for signs of rust and oxidation.
  • If rust is present, you can smooth its effects a little bit by applying a galvanized coat of paint.
  • Make sure all the surfaces are clean without mold or any other substance that can cause a slip and fall.
If you have a wooden playground:
  • Check constantly for cracks in the wood.
  • Make sure the stability is not compromised.
  • See if there is any rust in the joints of the playground. Wooden playgrounds usually use metal joints and anchors, so be sure to check their overall condition.
  • If anchors can be pulled out easily from the ground, it is time to reinforce the structure. You can use asphalt or concrete.
  • If the wood is dry, you can apply some transparent surface treatment product; just make sure your children don’t use the playground at least a couple of days after the application of the product.
The frequency of inspections is going to depend on many factors like usage, the number of children who play on the playground, the frequency of usage, and so. However, for backyard playgrounds, we recommend doing these inspections every 3-6 months.
You need to take care of both equipment and surfacing.
Every playground should have safety surfacing around it. You can use loose-fill surfacing like wooden chips/mulch, rubber is also an option, as well as pre-cut rubber tiles. These materials have shock-absorption capabilities that will make everything safer.
Loose-fill materials can compress and deteriorate over time. Rubber titles can move or bend due to weather conditions or daily use. Since safety is paramount, you must include safety surfacing in your playground maintenance plan to make sure to cover all the bases.
We recommend doing deep maintenance both of the playground and the protective surfacing at least once a year. This will extend the lifespan of the playset while keeping everybody safe and pretty, free of scars or broken bones.
At Spimbey, we love to play with safety as a shield.
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