The backyard is an area that your children should love and enjoy. You will also enjoy it more if it’s safe and secure for your children. Building a playground in the backyard is a great project. Keep the following tips in mind for safety:
- Purchase age-appropriate playground equipment. Only buy equipment appropriate for your child’s current age group. Playgrounds are made for one of three age groups, infants and toddlers, kids age 2 to 5, and kids age 5 to 12.
- Include guard rails and install the equipment correctly. Install a protective barrier so that your children can’t fall off the playset. Equipment should be at least 6 inches away from fences trees walls and other obstacles.
- Equipment with moving parts? Seesaws, swings, and other structures with the moving parts should be separate from the rest of the playground.
- Choose the right surface. Hard surfaces like asphalt and blacktop are dangerous. Choose services like soil, grass, impacted earth.
- Avoid dangerous equipment. Glider swings, swinging ropes, and monkey bars all look fun but they can cause serious injuries. Playsets shouldn’t have any ropes or clotheslines attached to them as these items pose a strangulation hazard.
Implementing these steps can help keep your backyard playground area safe for you and your children.