Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - 11

Maintain A Spray/Splash Pad Log
Book and Keep Daily Records for the
Following:
* Daily inspections.
* Filtration, disinfection and addition of
fresh water.
* Breakdown of equipment and repairs
that have occurred.
* Incident reports or emergency, rescues
that have occurred.
* Train staff on how to properly complete these documents.
Create Spray/Splash Pad Rules of
Conduct to be Considered:
* Clearly sign the area as being "unsupervised" followed by "all children
under the age of
must always
be under the care and control of a parent or responsible guardian."
* State the exact months and hours of
operation of the splash pad and that
being in the area after the posted times
of operation is considered a breach of
the Trespass to Property Act.
* Including who to contact information
to report damage or operational concerns as well as the exact physical location of the park for EMS notification
purposes is strongly recommended.
* Although Ontario allows women to be
top-free, we appreciate that all persons
may not be comfortable with this freedom and as such ask for discretion in
this regard.
* Splash pads are slippery in nature. No
person shall engage in boisterous play
or running in or about the spray pad/
splash pad.
* No persons shall participate in any
throwing activity of flying discs, balls
or other such sporting items near a
splash pad.
* No animals/pets are permitted on the
splash pad area.
* No person shall operate a drone within
500 metres of a splash pad.
* Discourage risky behaviour among
children: in particular, don't let them
stick their backsides or mouths near
the waterspouts or swallow the water.
* Do not picnic or drink in or around the
splash park.

* No glass containers, food, or beverage
are allowed on the spray pad/splash
pad or in the area immediately surrounding the spray pad/splash pad.
* Do no use the spray/splash pad if you
have an open sore or rash, or are experiencing nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
* Only service animals should be permitted in these areas.
* Recreational water is not intended for
drinking: avoid swallowing water from
spray/splash pad.
* No person shall pollute the water or
surface of the spray pad/splash pad in
any manner or on the immediate area
surrounding the spray pad/splash pad.
* Children should be appropriately attired
for their age and continence ability to
prevent fouling of the spray pad/splash
pad (swim diapers are recommended
for children who aren't toilet trained).
* Bathe your child thoroughly (especially
the rear end) with soap and water
before going to the splash park.
* Change diapers in a bathroom or a
diaper-changing area away from the
splash park and wash your hands with
soap once complete.
* Don't allow your children in the splash
park if they have diarrhea.
* Take kids on bathroom breaks or check
their diapers often.
* If human body waste is released in the
splash pad, it is recommended that all
persons stop using the area and call
the emergency contact information.
Diseases can be transmitted if a user
comes in contact with contaminated
water containing fecal matter or vomit.
Responding to a Fouling of a Spray/
Splash Pad
* Ensure users leave the spray pad/
splash pad due to fouling.
* Drain the spray pad/splash pad and the
recirculation system - E. Coli is very
resistant so it takes it a few laps to the
drain and the chlorinator before it's all
killed and you're assured it's killed.
* Clean and disinfect the spray pad/
splash pad and any equipment used in
accordance with the Centers of Disease
Control and Prevention's "Fecal

Incident Response Recommendations
for Pool Staff" and
* Ensure proper operation of the spray
pad/splash pad prior to reopening and
make the necessary entry in the log
book is made.

User Safety
When it comes to a child's safety, it
ultimately falls to parents and caregivers to keep their children safe. The most
important preventative measure is supervision. Kids will happily jump around in
the spray for hours and forget to watch out
for sunburn and heat exhaustion. Parents
or guardians have a responsibility to consider whether their little ones can resist
gargling in those inviting sprays of water:
playing with a hose in the backyard might
be safer, and just as fun.
Owners of pools must accept that
splash pads, if not designed, operated or
maintained properly, pose a high risk of
liability. The dream stage of these areas
must always include a solid plan for ongoing inspection, maintenance and repair.
Through these efforts, all splash pads can
offer exactly what they were designed
for - a safe, cool summer water experience that children will remember for the
rest of their lives. Failing to do so might
create lasting memories that no one wants.
Note:
Parachute Canada is leading, inspiring
and mobilizing Canadian's of all ages by
creating a movement and building awareness and understanding of the issue of
injury, to keep Canadian's safe at home,
on the road, at work, and at play. See
playground and water feature resource:
www.parachutecanada.org/injurytopics/item/playground-and-water-features-lt
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References
1. www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90o02
2. http://globalnews.ca/news/2209115/family-ofboy-who-burned-feet-at-ontario-splash-pad-seekcompensation/
3. h t t p s: //s t a t ic1. s q u a r e s p a c e.c o m /s t a t ic /
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0da1e4bfb/1474988242030/Life+Floor+Splashp
ad+Safety+White+Paper.pdf
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Facility Forum - Summer 2017

Risk Management Guidelines for Water Recreational Equipment Areas
Water Use in Turfgrasses
Cemeterian Operations and Management Training– Cape Town, South Africa
The Benefits and Challenges of Daylighting Recreation Facilities
Effective Human Resources Management
Energy Champion – Time to Plan
Rules for Flying the National Flag of Canada
Preparing for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Preventing and Managing Heat Stress
Member Profile – Jim Bryson, City of Stratford
Index of Advertisers
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Intro
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - cover1
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Risk Management Guidelines for Water Recreational Equipment Areas
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Water Use in Turfgrasses
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Cemeterian Operations and Management Training– Cape Town, South Africa
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - 18
Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - The Benefits and Challenges of Daylighting Recreation Facilities
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Effective Human Resources Management
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Energy Champion – Time to Plan
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Rules for Flying the National Flag of Canada
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Preparing for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
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Facility Forum - Summer 2017 - Health & Safety (PSHSA) – Preventing and Managing Heat Stress
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