- Safety Tips For Home Playground Equipment
- Carefully supervise young children using playground equipment. Keep children from shoving, pushing, or fighting.
- The surface under playground equipment should be energy absorbent. Use safety-tested mats or loose fill materials (shredded rubber, sand, wood chips, or bark) maintained to a depth of at least 9 inches.
- Install the protective surface at least 6 feet (more for swings and slides) in all directions from the equipment.
- Swing seats should be made of something soft, not wood or metal.
- Children should not twist swings, swing empty seats, or walk in front of moving swings.
- Put home playground equipment together correctly. It should sit on a level surface and be anchored firmly to the ground.
- Cap all screws and bolts. Check periodically for loose nuts and bolts and broken, rusty, or sharp parts.
- Install playground equipment at least 6 feet from fences or walls.
- Check for hot metal surfaces on equipment such as those on slides, which could cause burns.
- Never attach ropes, jump ropes, clotheslines, or pet leashes to playground equipment because children can strangle on them.
- Adult Supervision
Adult supervision can help prevent injuries by making sure kids properly use playground equipment and don’t engage in unsafe behavior around it. If an injury does occur, an adult can assist the child and administer any needed first aid right away.
Kids should always have adult supervision on the playground. Young kids (and sometimes older ones) can’t always gauge distances properly and aren’t capable of foreseeing dangerous situations by themselves. Older kids like to test their limits on the playground, so it’s important for an adult to be there to keep them in check.
Before you visit a playground, check to make sure that play areas are designed to allow an adult to clearly see kids while they’re playing on all the equipment.
- Enforcing more outdoor than indoor play equipment for children
Popularity of indoor activities is held responsible for the low total well being of children. Recognizing the positive impact of outside play on the health and mind of children, parents these days are motivating their children to play outdoors. They are now setting up outside play equipment to entice children to the patio of their residence.
- Choose appropriate outside play equipment
While selecting play equipment for your lawn, buy only age appropriate toys and games. If you have a lawn or yard, you can install a swing, going up the frame or seesaw in the patio. However, before putting the outside devices, make sure that the area is threat 100 % free for the children. Besides moving, going up the and moving, children also really like riding.
While purchasing for outdoor toys and games, select toys and games created out of high top quality material. They should be highly durable and capable of enduring difficult handling. The metal components of the lawn play equipment should have a corrosion proof covering. Only lead 100 % free non-toxic shows should be used for artwork the devices. Sometimes, to enhance the strength of materials present in outdoor play area equipment, they are covered with UV proof covering. There should be no sharp sides in the toy. Plastic material or PVC is widely used these days for building outside toys and games. The water and heat proof properties of plastic or PVC has created it the popular choice for play equipment that are installed outside.
- Choose the Right Play Area Based on Your Child’s Age
- Ensure that children use age-appropriate playground equipment. Separate play areas for children under 5 should be available and maintained.
- For babies who are learning to walk, the play area should have a smooth and easy surface to walk on.
- If your baby has fairly good head control and can sit up with support (usually around 9 months old), give the baby (bucket-shaped) swings a try.
- Check That Playgrounds Are Inspected and Maintained by Qualified Personnel
- Double check with your school and child care center to make sure they have age-appropriate, well-maintained playground equipment.
- If there are any hazards in a public or backyard playground, report them immediately and do not allow children to use the equipment until it is safe.
- Report any playground safety hazards to the organization responsible for the site (e.g., school, park authority or city council).
- Ensure Safe Surfacing Beneath and Surrounding Playground Equipment
- Avoid playgrounds with non-impact absorbing surfaces, such as asphalt, concrete, grass, dirt or gravel.
- Recommended surface materials include: sand, pea gravel, wood chips, mulch and shredded rubber. Rubber mats, synthetic turf and other artificial materials are also safe surfaces and require less maintenance.
- Surfacing should be at least 12 inches deep and extend at least 6 feet in all directions around stationary equipment. Depending on the height of the equipment, surfacing may need to extend farther than 6 feet.
- For swings, make sure that the surfacing extends, in the back and front, twice the height of the suspending bar. So if the top of the swing set is 10 feet high, the surfacing should extend 20 feet.
- Look for playgrounds with a lot of movement
Consider playgrounds where designers have paid attention to the line of sight —equipment that enables children to spin, swing, sway, rock and jump, are ideal. Play areas divided into pods are helpful. Look for “see through” equipment, such as rope climbers that offers greater visibility across the playground. Lastly avoid playgrounds that have a large module structure in the middle because it limits the line of sight. Playgrounds with large structures in the back or corner are ideal.
- Choosing Playground tips
- Go to a playground that is completely enclosed by a fence. There should only be one way in and one way out. A closed gate with seating nearby is preferable.
- Look for playgrounds that have a wide path all the way around the play equipment. This allows a child with autism to understand the dynamics of the playground from a safe distance. The perimeter path is often sought out by children with autism because it offers a quiet space away from the action.
- Identify playgrounds that have activities that your child really enjoys such as sand play, water play, musical play with instruments, and imaginative play with themed play equipment. It’s also important that the playground have ample space for running and exerting energy.
- Safe Set-up of the Outdoor Environment
- Be sure all outdoor play areas are fenced, especially near a street, parking lot, pond, well, or railroad track
- Surround electrical appliances in the play area, such as air conditioners, with fences so children cannot reach them
- Remove gas grills from outdoor play areas
- Keep gates closed and install childproof latches
- Lock storage sheds, barns, and garages
- Tips for Playground Surfacing
Do not install loose-fill surfacing over hard surfaces such as concrete or asphalt. Surface materials should be a minimum of 6 inches deep for equipment less than 4 feet high and 9 inches deep for equipment up to 8 feet in height. The material should extend at least 6 feet beyond all sides of edge of stationary equipment. For swings, surfacing should extend in back and in front, two times the height of the suspension bar. NOTE: The Outdoor Home Playground Safety Handbook published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends an initial fill level of 12 inches. It will compress to about a 9-inch depth of surfacing over time. The surfacing will also compact, displace, and settle, and should be periodically refilled to maintain at least a 9-inch depth.