Every day, before the children go out to play, check for hazards. Whenever a hazard is found, fix it if you can. If you cannot fix it, make a note of it and plan to get it fixed.
Every day check the play area for:
- Broken glass, bottles, cans, ropes, toys, school supplies left there by others
- Animal waste
- Play equipment and surfaces are clear of debris and in good repair
- Empty standing water from containers such as wading pools, pails, and ice chests when they are not in use
- Lock or barricade storage areas such as garages, barns, and sheds so children can’t get to dangerous materials
Each month check:
- Is the play area fenced securely if it is near dangerous areas such as a busy street, lake, river, pond, well, railroad tracks or trash dump?
- Is play equipment placed at least 2 meters (6 feet) away from vehicles, buildings, fences walkways, trees, large rocks, and other play equipment?
- Cover the sandbox or sand play area when it is not in use
- Use a sprinkler or hose for water play instead of a wading pool
- Secure plastic caps over protruding bolts or screws on play equipment
- Completely close S hooks used on swings