Age, wear and weather often take a toll on any outdoor equipment or furniture. Before your children dash outside to spend time in the backyard, you want to make sure your residential or commercial playground equipment is safe.
When you recognize any of these signs of damage, it’s time for maintenance:
Open S-hooks on Swings – These can occur either at the top of the swing or by the seat. If these start to open, the chains can come apart and cause accidents. When the hooks by the seat open, they can also rip clothes or cause cuts.
Visible Rust – Metal equipment wears faster than other material and can break where smaller joints or chains are in place. Rust-damaged edges can also become sharp and hazardous to play.
Missing or Broken Parts- Usually caused by extreme weight, rough-housing or other disturbances can cause parts of your playground to break and/or the structure can start to lose its integrity. Check to see if any of the handles, ladder steps, swing parts, gate posts or monkey bars are broken, loose or missing.
Damaged Wood – For playgrounds with wooden parts, it’s important to check for places where there could be splintering or cracking. This not only can shows signs of age, but any possible insects or pests that might be damaging the equipment.
Whether you are repairing the swingset you already have, installing rubber mulch to cushion falls, or replacing all of your residential or commercial playground equipment, make sure you address these problems before someone gets hurt. Visit PlayNLearn.com for ideas and services to help make your play space safer!