A swing set can bring hours of pleasure, without occupying too much space in the garden, making them a great investment for parents. Follow these top tips top keep your little ones safe while they play.
Position You should locate your swing set on level ground. Any slope can make the structure unstable once the swing is in motion. A shaded, sheltered area of the garden will help prevent plastic or metal components getting heated by the Sun and will help keep your children cool while they are playing. Beware any overhanging branches or structures that could be knocked by a child's head as they swing, or could drop onto the swing.
Seats Ensure the swing is fitted with a seat appropriate for the age of the child using it. We stock bucket swing seats suitable for babies and toddlers, giving them a more secure ride. We also sell tire swings, balls, trapeze bars and more. Check the age range for the product before you attach it to your swing set. Older children should not be permitted to use swing seats designed for toddlers. Their weight is likely to exceed the product's upper limit causing damage to the seat, and risking injury to the child, and they may topple out of the bucket style seat if they are too tall for it to remain upright and stable.
Safety Mats Covering the area under the swing set with safety mats will provide a softer landing for your child if they fall. In the Spring and Autumn lush grass and moist mud make the ground soft and springy, but in the Summer heat it can bake to an almost concrete consistency.
Clearance Area Each swing set comes with its own recommendations regarding clearance space around the play structure and the swing area, which must be adhered to. When you decide the location of the swing set in your garden, consider any other play equipment you have, and how your children currently use the space. Will they be running directly in front of the path of the swing, or can the other equipment be accessed without risk.
Maintenance Keep your swing set in safe working order by carrying out regular maintenance inspections. Nuts and bolts may work themselves loose over time, ropes may fray, or children may have caused damage to some parts. Adult Supervision When using play equipment, children need to be supervised by an adult, who can help out when a child gets stuck exploring, prevent the equipment being mis-used, and conduct back garden rescue operations if needed.
Whether your swing set is a stand alone piece of play equipment or an integral part of a large play structure, these safety tips will help keep your children safe while they are having fun.