Swing Set Safety Guide

Nov 11, 2018
Swing Set Safety Guide
Safety and Maintenance Tips for Your New Playset
      1. It is recommended that on site adult supervision for children of all ages be present while playground equipment is in use.
      2. Please refrain children from walking close to, in front of, behind or between moving play features.
      3. Refrain children from twisting swing chains or ropes since this may reduce the strength of these items.
      4. Warn children to avoid swinging empty swing seats or gliders.
      5. Teach children to sit in center of swings with their full weight on the swing seats.
      6. Teach children to use the playground equipment in the intended manner.
      7. Teach children not to get off play equipment while still in motion.
      8. Parents should make sure children are dressed appropriately. For example; wear well fitting clothing, shoes, avoid ponchos, and scarves or any loose fitting clothing, which is potentially hazardous while using the playground equipment.
      9. Refrain children from climbing on playground equipment when wet.
      10. Check all nuts and bolts twice monthly during the usage season for tightness. Tighten as required. It is particularly important to check & tighten bolts at the beginning of each season.
      11. Check swings, chains, and slides for cracks or deterioration. Replacement should be made at first sign of deterioration.

Regular Maintenance
Playgrounds should be inspected on a regular basis. If any of the following conditions are noted, they should be removed, corrected or repaired immediately to prevent injuries:
      1. Hardware that is loose or worn, or that has protrusions or projections.
      2. Exposed equipment footings.
      3. Scattered debris, litter, rocks, or tree roots.
      4. Rust and chipped paint on metal components.
      5. Splinters, large cracks, and decayed wood components.
      6. Deterioration and corrosion on structural components, which contact the ground.
      7. Missing or damaged equipment components, such as hand holds, guardrails, swing seats.

Playset Surfacing Recommendations:
Please refer to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Handbook for Public Playground Safety.

Protective Surfacing
Since almost 60% of all injuries are caused by falls to the ground, protective surfacing under and around all playground equipment is the most critical safety factor on playgrounds. Certain manufactured synthetic surfaces also are acceptable; however, test data on shock absorbing performance should be requested from the manufacturer. Asphalt and concrete are unacceptable. They do not have any shock absorbing properties. Similarly, grass and turf should not be used. Their ability to absorb shock during a fall can be reduced considerably through wear and environmental conditions.

Please consult your owners manual for the recommended Surfacing and depth of that Surfacing to ensure maximum safety.

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