We’ve all heard the saying “it’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt”. Well, there are few areas where this is more true than in a backyard playground. If you are a loving parent or grandparent who owns playground equipment for your little loved ones, or if you’re thinking about getting some, what are some things you should keep in mind regarding the safety of playground equipment?
One thing to keep in mind is the fact that playground equipment, like everything else, is prone to breaking down from wear and tear. Exposure to the sun, change in temperature, and the normal jostling that comes from play can all have an impact on the playground equipment. Screws and bolts will loosen, pinch points will be exposed, and maintenance will be required.
Also, it’s important to note any standards outlined in the manufacturer’s instructions. For example, swings are typically placed 24 inches apart from each other, and at least 30 inches down from the top.