Health Tip: Secure a Child's Swingset
-- A child's swingset must be properly assembled and secured to prevent serious injury.
The U.S. National Safety Council offers these suggestions:
- Make sure the set is sturdy and can accommodate your child's growth.
- Ensure that the set is stable by installing the legs in concrete or with anchors. Make sure it's secured below ground level to avoid a tripping hazard.
- Make sure all bolts and screws are covered.
- Avoid swingsets with "S" hooks, or rough and sharp areas.
- Look for slides that aren't too steep -- a maximum of 30 degrees. Borders on each side of the slide should be at least 2 1/2 inches, and there should be a flat area at the base of the slide near the ground.
- Avoid equipment that is more than eight feet high.
Posted: June 2010