Equipment Maintenance

Maintenance routines should be determined for each specific playground. Public agencies should establish maintenance plans based on manufacturer’s recommendations and CPSC guidelines.

What routine maintenance should be taking place?

• Equipment should be free of deterioration
• Wood equipment should be free of splinters
• Metal equipment should be free of rust
• Plastic equipment should be free of cracks
• S-hooks should be closed
• No openings from 3.5”-9” where children’s head or body trappings could occur
• No open areas at the top of slides where strings could get caught and cause strangulation
• No more than two swings in a support structure
• Proper drainage in the playground area should be present.

NPPS has assessment tools for child care centers and school environments. NPPS also has a video, Nuts and Bolts of Playground Maintenance, to provide an overview of the importance of proper maintenance.

Equipment Maintenance Video

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