Summer Checklist

Church Buildings

  • Schedule periodic inspections of unoccupied buildings to check for signs of mold or water accumulation.
  • Ensure that steps, handrails and ramps are in good shape.
  • Service sump pumps.
  • Make sure drains and gutters are free of leaves and dirt and secure gutters that have come loose.
  • Verify that fire detection system inspections are up-to-date.
  • Remove extension cords that can be a tripping hazard.

Grounds

  • Inspect the playground area and remove exposed tree roots, rocks or other obstacles that could cause children to trip.
  • Inspect equipment for sharp edges and dangerous hardware, such as protruding bolts or open "S" hooks.
  • Check that surfaces around and under play equipment has a minimum of 12" of wood chips, mulch, sand or pea gravel.
  • Make sure bushes and shrubs near your building are trimmed, especially those near windows.
  • Inspect trees for lose branches.
  • Ensure sidewalks, curbing, patios, driveways and parking lots are in good repair.
  • Repaint speed bumps.

Equipment

  • Service lawn and landscaping equipment.
  • Keep equipment stored when not in use; i.e., do not leave tools out where children can access them.
  • Make sure fire extinguishers have been inspected and are fully charged.
  • Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries.

Utility Systems

  • Check filters in air conditioning system.
  • At the beginning of each season, check all plumbing and electrical systems and repair any damage that may have taken place since the last check.

Weather-Related Preparations

  • Update emergency supply kits for hurricanes, floods and other weather-related events.
  • If planning outdoor activities involving children, ensure the children take frequent water breaks, and try to take breaks in shaded areas.
  • Be prepared for the hurricane season. For more information on hurricane preparation, follow this link.