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- Teri Hendy, Safety Consultant, Sitemasters, Inc.
- Daniel Hendy, Safety Consultant, Sitemasters, Inc.
Because play equipment and surfacing are subject to changes from use, abuse, and climate, they must be inspected on a regular basis. The frequency of inspection will be determined by many factors including equipment age, usage, and materials and external factors like the age of the users, climate, and vandalism. Regardless of site-specific attributes of the playground, two types of inspections should be performed on all playgrounds: low frequency and high frequency.
Often performed daily or weekly, high frequency inspections look at frequently changing conditions caused by use, weather, and/or vandalism.
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Often performed quarterly or semi-annually, low frequency inspections are in-depth investigations of the equipment and surfacing looking for wear and tear. An example of this type of maintenance would be replacing heavily worn “S” hooks that were noted during the inspection.