Safety Guidelines to Keep Your Kids Safe on Your Backyard Playground Equipment

A swing set that was safely built stands ready for kids to enjoy it.It's wonderful to be able to install playground equipment in your backyard for your children. It allows them to be active and have plenty of fun at home. However, you also need to consider safety when you have equipment such as swings, slides, or climbing equipment. If your playground equipment isn't set up properly or your kids aren't careful, there could be accidents that cause injuries.

Luckily, there are steps that you can take to create a safe play area for your kids at home.

1. Choose the Right Site

Selecting the best place for your play area is the first step to making sure your play equipment is safe. You should choose somewhere level that is free of any obstacles that could cause injury. Look for an area that is at least six feet from other structures, especially if you are installing swings, to ensure there is enough space available to play. Any metal elements that can heat up in the sun should be in the shade or out of direct sunlight to reduce the risk of burns. Try to separate different pieces of play equipment too, giving them plenty of space between each other.

2. Construct Safe Equipment

Safe playgrounds require play equipment that is well-constructed and solid. You should choose robust materials for your play equipment and ensure everything is assembled correctly and securely. It's also important to anchor your playground equipment to prevent it from moving or tipping over. Your play equipment might be made of metal, wood, or plastic. Whatever the materials are, take steps to prevent them from deteriorating. For example, treat metal to prevent rust and corrosion, and treat wood to protect it against rot.

Another important thing to do is pay attention to hardware. Anything sticking out from your play equipment can cause injuries, so ensure everything is tightened properly. Cover up bolts and exposed tubing ends, and ensure hooks can't catch on clothing, fingers, or anything else.

3. Use Protective Surfacing

You can do a lot of things to protect your kids when they're playing, but accidents do happen. However, you can do a few things to make sure that if your child falls over or falls off play equipment, the risk of serious injury is lower. Using protective surfacing that absorbs will help to prevent head injuries and more. You can use loose materials such as wood mulch or rubber mulch or poured-in materials, such as rubber tiles.

4. Maintain Your Equipment

Once your backyard playground equipment is assembled, you should follow safety guidelines for keeping it maintained. Check your play equipment regularly and tighten up any nuts or bolts that might have come loose, and look for signs of wear and tear. It's a good idea to keep the manufacturer's instructions so that you can order new parts if anything needs to be replaced.

Play Systems from Kids Gotta Play

It is understandable to want to get your play structure up and open for your kids as soon as you can. Make sure to have it set up professionally so all safety steps can be taken. Safe play is good play. Contact us at Kids Gotta Play for customizable play systems for any size yard. Call us today to discuss your project.

Prepping Your Trampoline for the Winter

During the summer months, your trampoline probably gets a lot of use! However, during the winter period, we don’t typically want to spend all of our time outdoors in the freezing cold. With that being said, below, we are going to reveal...

How to Fit a Pool into Your Dream Backyard

Do you have a small backyard? Great things can come in all shapes and sizes. Even if you don’t have an acre of land behind your house, you can still fill it with fun things for your family, like a play system and a pool. Have you considered...

Trampoline Safety is Easy with These Top 5 Tips

Jumping around and playing go hand in hand. Bouncing on the trampoline is great fun for kids and adults, too. Going for a jump on your own, setting up competitions, or learning new tricks are all fun ways to use a trampoline.  But watch out,...

How to Choose a Quality Outdoor Basketball Backboard

Summer is a great time for fun in the sun. Get your kids out of the house and having fun with a basketball backboard at your home. Shooting hoops at home is a great way for you and your family (plus their friends) to get some exercise and challenge...

Benefits of Having a Play System or Swing Set at Home

With the stay at home orders, it can be tough to get outside and have some fun safely. Schools being canceled ended up making it even tougher for kids to stay active in their bodies and minds. It can be a lot to expect kids to calmly stay inside so...
Page: 12 - All