Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health
220.127.116.11: Removal of Hazards From Outdoor Areas
All outdoor activity areas should be maintained in a clean and safe condition by removing:
- Dilapidated structures;
- Broken or worn play equipment;
- Building supplies and equipment;
- Sharp rocks;
- Stumps and roots;
- Animal excrement;
- Tobacco waste (cigarette butts);
- Toxic plants;
- Beehives and wasp nests;
- Unprotected ditches;
- Grease traps;
- Unprotected utility equipment;
- Other injurious material.
Holes or abandoned wells within the site should be properly filled or sealed. The area should be well-drained, with no standing water.
A maintenance policy for playgrounds and outdoor areas should be established and followed.
RATIONALEProper maintenance is a key factor when trying to ensure a safe play environment for children. Each playground is unique and requires a routine maintenance check program developed specifically for that setting.
TYPE OF FACILITYCenter, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS18.104.22.168 Inspection of Indoor and Outdoor Play Areas and Equipment
22.214.171.124 Inspection of Play Area Surfacing
126.96.36.199 Policy on Use and Maintenance of Play Areas