Where to place the swing set in your backyard? How much room do you have in your backyard for a swing set? Before you purchase a swing set here are some important things to take into consideration. You will need to figure out the placement of the swing set. Determine how much room is available in the backyard. One way to accomplish this is decide on the placement and then measure out the space. When looking at swing sets, the product dimensions are listed on the specifications sheet, this way you won’t have any surprises and rest assured that your new swing set will fit in the allotted space.
Now, you must make sure there is enough room around the swing set, this is referred to as a safe play zone. It is dangerous to install a swing set on ground that is not level, so make sure to install on a level location, free from obstructions or potential hazards. The recommendation from most manufacturers is a Six foot clearance around the entire swing set. Making sure there is enough clearance around the swing set for children to play safe without injuries. Make sure the space you have picked in free from trees, branches and roots so children do not crash into or trip and fall. Next, make sure the space is not close to your home, brick, garages, buildings so children do not swing into these hard surfaces. Look up, make sure there are no wires or potential dangers above the swing set. Swing Sets should never be installed on asphalt and concrete and is completely unacceptable.
Since adult supervision is required, take into consideration the visibility of the children when they are outside playing on a wooden swing set. Make sure you can see them and they are in clear view.
Since almost 60% of all injuries are caused by falls to the ground, protective surfacing under and around all playground equipment is the most critical safety factor on playgrounds. Certain manufactured synthetic surfaces also are acceptable; however, test data on shock absorbing performance should be requested from the manufacturer. Asphalt and concrete are unacceptable. They do not have any shock absorbing properties. Similarly, grass and turf should not be used. Their ability to absorb shock during a fall can be reduced considerably through wear and environmental conditions.