Like many industries, the amusement park industry has a busy season and a slow season. Even for amusement parks that operate year round the end of summer signals a drop in attendance especially during Thanksgiving week and the month of January.
The Changing Amusement Park Season
It is the slow season that gives amusement park maintenancemanagement the opportunity to catch up on the backlog or work requests and work orders as well as make sure assets are properly inspected.
By using inspection checklists specifically designed for amusement parks, maintenance management can quickly ascertain the condition of assets as well as identify what preventive maintenance needs to be performed and the degree of repairs needed.
Using Amusement Park Inspection Checklists
The fastest and most effective way to get a handle on the amount of off-season maintenance work that needs to be done is to use a CMMS system that can generate an inspection checklist. The inspection checklist uses the CMMS asset detail to generate what is essentially a maintenance to-do list.
Whether the park is completely closed down for a few months or is just slow, the following are ten areas that will require attention before, during and after the off-season. Inspecting assets on a regular basis provides a good benchmark for subsequent inspections.
Top Amusement Park Areas to be Inspected
The following areas represent just 10 of the areas in an amusement park that need to be inspected with CMMS generated
- Parking lots: Parking lots should be well lighted and kept clean of debris as well as be monitored for pothole development and storm drain obstructions.
- Common areas: This would include indoor and outdoor congregation points to be checked for worn or damaged carpeting, benches, rest rooms, picnic areas, shelters or anything else that could pose a threat of injury or be a major repair.
- Amusement park attractions: All amusement park attractions should be inspected and prepared for the change in weather as cold weather, snow and ice affects metal through contraction and expansion as well as accelerating corrosion.
- Facilities: Pavilions, meeting halls, theaters, cast rooms, office buildings all need to be inspected including HVAC, roofs, and plumbing.
- Kitchen Equipment: Kitchen equipment uses a lot of energy and should be kept in optimal working order. Before a kitchen closes down for a season, grease traps,fuel valves and boilers all need to have inspections and preventive maintenance performed.
- Fire extinguishers: Inspect all fire extinguisher and safety equipment. Although part of this may be outsourced, fires and accidents can occur at any time. Vendors can be scheduled using a CMMS system.
- Animal Dens: Many amusement parks have animals or zoos. Habitat inspections can prevent a loss of animal life should heat pumps fail or barriers corrode.
- Lighting: All safety lighting should be in working order.
- Emergency exits: Every year there seems to be a fatal fire where it is later found that the emergency exits were locked or did not work. Inspect to make sure doors and windows function as they are supposed to.
- Safety hazards: All venues should be inspected for safety hazards especially for facilities that do not usually handle many children.