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Swing Set Safety Tips

Swing sets are a fun and dynamic part of any playground, but they are not without risks. Here are some tips about swing set safety:

  • Make sure to choose a swing set that is appropriate for the age of the child or children playing on it.
  • Adequate spacing is critical for swing safety. All swings should be at least two feet apart from each other. Swings should be at least 30 inches away from the main support frame to prevent entanglement.
  • Make sure that swings are at least eight inches off the ground.
  • The safest swing sets have only two swings per bay.
  • Safe playground surfaces should include at least 12 inches of cushioning materials such as wood chips, rubber mulch, sand, mats, or poured surfacing. Swing set mats can help to create soft landing zones.
  • Inspect the structure and hardware frequently for signs of weakness, rusting, or looseness.
  • Educate children on the dangers of leaping from swings or standing or kneeling on them.
  • Avoid seating two or more on a single swing unless it is designed for that purpose, as swings are designed to safely hold a certain weight limit.
  • Advise children against walking in front of or behind swings that are in use.
  • Leave necklaces, bracelets, and clothing with drawstrings at home to prevent tangling.
  • Check the temperature of playground equipment and surfaces before letting kids play to prevent burns.
  • Adult supervision can help prevent injuries by making sure children are using playground equipment properly.
  • Be mindful of too much sun exposure. Use sunscreen, and avoid unshaded areas during peak sunshine hours. Watch for signs of dehydration in kids, and bring plenty of water. And know the symptoms of heat illness, which include increased thirst, weakness, cramps, nausea, vomiting, clammy skin, headache, and irritability.

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