As we move into the colder winter months, maintaining a playground space to ensure it's safe for use can be trick, but help is at hand! Here are our 3 top tips for making sure your playground space is in tip top condition for the winter months.
1. Playground inspections - the winter is the perfect time to organise your annual or operational inspections and ensure that any remedial work and repairs are completed before the spring and summer. Or perhaps it's a great time to give your equipment a refresh to provide some new play opportunities for the spring without having to replace your existing equipment? Take a look at our inspection packages here, or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like us to arrange an inspection or come and visit your site to look at refreshing your equipment.
2. Ice - ensuring you have some salt available to spread on pathways and main access routes can avoid accidents on slippery surfaces. However, remember that grit, salt and chemical de-icers are not advised on playground surfacing and we would always recommend using a specialist non-abrasive de-icer. Please contact our team on 01604 261690 for further advice for your surfacing type. In addition, our fellow idverde company, Ice Watch can offer a variety of winter maintenance solutions, from gritting to snow clearance and much more. If this is of interest, the team at Ice Watch can be contacted on 0800 232 1994 or contact Ice Watch here.
3. Snow clearance - remember to remove any build up of snow on canopies and overhanging branches to ensure structures remain structurally stable and safe, as well as from pathways and access routes to equipment to ensure the area can be accessed and used safely by all.