Swings and slides are normal at the local neighborhood playground, but what about installing a do-it-yourself (DIY) swing set in your own back yard? If you’re thinking about it, here are some tips to follow.

Invest for Safe, Long-Term Use

Look at modular swing sets that a small child can grow into as they grow older. This way, it’s not only fun to your younger kids, but will provide them fun as they grow up as well.

You should also think about long-term safety as well. Swings should be about 8 to 12 inches apart with the seats being at least 8 inches off the ground. Look for one with soft plastic or rubber seat swings along with guard rales for any surface taller than 30 inches.

Stay away from swing sets with the following attributes:

Uncovered, movable parts that could catch children’s fingers

A play area taller than 4 feet for preschoolers and 6 feet for grade school children

3.5- to 9-inch gaps between the equipment and ground that could trap children

Climbing ropes and monkey bars that could pose falling hazards

Find the Right Placement

In addition to picking the right type of swing set, it’s important to find the right spot in your yard. Here are a few tips to help you select a place to build.

Level ground. Your swing set installation should be level, without rocks, tree limbs, sharp plants or other objects that might cause an injury if a child falls on them.

A clear area. There should be room for 6 feet of clearance around the entire playset, and this area should be missing any other equipment or hard objects.

Large swing area. Swings should have a use area that extends at least 6 feet from the outside of the support assembly on both sides, as well as areas that extend in front of and behind the swing. The front and back areas should extend outward to at least double the distance between the swing hangers and the ground.

Install Safely

Prepare the swing set for children by smoothing out rough or sharp splinter-causing edges, as well as covering hooks or bolts that stick out from the structure and could get caught in a child’s clothing.

Installing a swing set is a great way to help keep the kids active and happy, but only if it is well-planned and designed for safety. Remember these backyard swing set installation and preparation tips to create a safe, outdoor activity for your kids and all of their friends.

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