Backyard Swing Set Safety Tips – MORE FUN WITHOUT THE TROUBLE
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All children love a good backyard play set. Very often it’s a case of the bigger the better.
However, the higher they are the harder they fall.
The ground should be level where you place the swing set. Any overhanging trees, branches, hedgerows should be either cut back or ideally avoided, (it will just add to the upkeep).
Allow enough space between the swing set (at least 3 metres) from any outhouses or buildings.
Also, be aware of clearance issues around some of the more dynamic components. At least 10 feet of clearance should be given either side of the swings.
Think about the sun. You don’t want your children exposed if they are playing for long periods of time. If it is possible to position the swing set somewhere it will enjoy at least some shade, the better.
Ensure you have created a soft landing for the end of the slide.
If you can, create a soft landing for the entire floor span of the equipment. A base of sand, wood mulch or pea gravel are great options. If you have the budget you might also think about a fully rubberized foundation.
When installing the swing set one of the most important issues is anchorage. Follow the exact guidelines of the manufacturer, and if in doubt, get a professional in.
Finally, a great way of keeping your children safe when the play is to know that the backyard swing set is in good, working condition.
This of course involves some routine maintenance and checking for any flaws or breakages in the set.
Wood structures should have an annual checking of the connections. The rough areas will need sanding, and to keep the unit strong a re-coating of varnish for weather resistance.
Metal swing sets have their own requirements; rust and corrosion being the main culprits. Keep an eye on the overall condition and don’t be afraid to repaint, grease up or tighten whatever components need attention.
The base of the swing set should be taken care of too. Replenish the substance on a yearly basis, (in the spring as the kids start to use it again after the winter period is the best time to execute the TLC).
As long as your children and their friends know how to use the swing set properly, (with adult eyes on standby for when they inevitably get carried away?), the unit is well looked after and a few guidelines are set in place, you will have no problems installing one of these in your backyard.
At the end of the day, your kids will love you for it.
Just be prepared for all the other children in the neighborhood heading over to play.