Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 5: Facilities, Supplies, Equipment, and Environmental Health

5.7 Maintenance

5.7.0 Removal of Hazards From Outdoor Areas

All outdoor activity areas should be maintained in a clean and safe condition by removing:

  1. Debris;
  2. Dilapidated structures;
  3. Broken or worn play equipment;
  4. Building supplies and equipment;
  5. Glass;
  6. Sharp rocks;
  7. Stumps and roots;
  8. Branches;
  9. Animal excrement;
  10. Tobacco waste (cigarette butts);
  11. Garbage;
  12. Toxic plants;
  13. Anthills;
  14. Beehives and wasp nests;
  15. Unprotected ditches;
  16. Wells;
  17. Holes;
  18. Grease traps;
  19. Cisterns;
  20. Cesspools;
  21. Unprotected utility equipment;
  22. 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.

Proper 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.
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Inspection of Indoor and Outdoor Play Areas and Equipment Inspection of Play Area Surfacing Policy on Use and Maintenance of Play Areas