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within minutes, while others - like
Cryptosporidium - are resistant to chlorine
and can take days to be killed. Currently
there is no known Canadian splash pad
injury data base, however, in the United
States, the National Electronic Injury
Surveillance System collects such data.
They state that in 2014 there were more
than 20,000 hospital visits from slips at
pool decks, splash pads or water parks.3
Other operational examples of these
areas having broken glass found on the
splash pad in early morning reminds all
owners of the importance of conducting
daily detailed, logged inspections prior
to the equipment being activated and
users being permitted to enter the area.
Each spray/splash pad will offer its own
unique operational challenges. The following information is offered as a guideline to accepted minimum best practices
for this type of infrastructure.

Spray/Splash Pad
Operational Best Practice
The Owner/Operator of a recreational
water facility should:
* Provide adequate funding and properly trained staff to ensure that these

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facilities are operated and maintained
in a clean and sanitary state.
Consider installing feet cleaning
water stations to reduce sand, grass
and other foreign matter from being
brought onto the primary spray/splash
pad area.
Respond appropriately to adverse incidents that may affect the health of
facility users and if discovered, have
senior staff promptly report these
findings to local Public Health officials
for direction.
Maintain procedures and train facility staff in responding to emergency
incidents (such as fouling of water by
fecal matter).
Be equipped with appropriate safety and
emergency equipment to respond to the
hazards associated with the use of the
facility, including first aid kit, emergency
telephone, reaching pole, buoyant throwing aid, spine board and blanket.
Fence off any metal grates that are
close to the splash pad.

Perform Daily Pre-Opening Checks:
* Make sure the pad area is clean and
free from obstacles such as broken

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glass bottles, garbage, rocks, bird
feces, grass cuttings, etc.
Systems using water recirculation systems must ensure that water chemistry
is adequate to reduce the potential for
the spread of a communicable disease
and that treatment and recirculation
equipment is operational.
Check all water jets for foreign matter:
operators have found that feces and
other small items have been packed
into these devices to be released into
the air upon activation.
Grating or drain covers are securely
fastened to all pipelines and fittings that terminate in the spray/
splash pad.
Fittings that terminate in the pool are
flush with the edges and are free to
sharp edges.
Where provided, all ground fault interrupters are operational.
Keep pad clear of any algae as this can
cause a slippery surface.
Remove garbage daily as it will attract
stinging insects if food is deposited.
Schedule regular night inspections to ensure lights are properly
functioning.
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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 - 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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