Winter Playground Maintenance
Freeze-thaw, heavy snowfall, and sub-zero temperatures can impact your playground. Use the quick guide below to prepare your play space for a safe winter and protect your investment.
Check for adequate loose-fill surfacing such as wood chips and rubber mulch. Replenishing any needed surfacing before winter provides a safe fall impact. As the surfacing freezes in the cold temperatures, it will harden. Ensuring the proper amount of surfacing helps mitigate risk in playgrounds with loose-fill surfacing.
Inspect unitary surfacing like poured-in-place rubber for cracks, peeling, and any other repairs needed. These issues can typically be addressed through October, preventing further damage and ensuring a safe play space through the winter.
Check for loose bolts and connections, and tighten or replace any necessary hardware items.
Winter attire can pose extra hazards such as entanglement on hardware and loose connections, check carefully for proper bolt lengths and secure connections.
Snow + Ice Hazards
Areas naturally become slippery with ice and snowfall. Checking equipment for these hazards and clearing of snow and ice will mitigate slip and fall risks on the playground.
Watch for pooling water, both on equipment and surfacing as these areas can become particularly icy during cold temperatures.
Prevention is key. Establishing and implementing a maintenance schedule helps mitigate safety risks throughout the year, and ensures longevity of your investment.
Periodic inspections by a CPSI Certified Inspector are thorough and include detailed reports on any hazards and non-compliant issues. Inspections should not replace a regular maintenance schedule but instead, supplement your maintenance schedule.
Local conditions may include other factors, and in some cases, may affect seasonal adjustments to the schedule. Experience is your best guide.
Gerber’s CPSI Certified staff is happy to provide inspection services to help maintain the life and safety of your playground. Contact us today to get started.
For tips on maintenance throughout the year, click here.