Safety check: Is your swing set ready for summer?
Before they play...
- Check all metal parts for rust or other deterioration
- Provide your children with a soft landing – proper surfacing is key
- Replace any deteriorated parts with new parts
- Lubricate metallic moving parts
- Check all protective coverings on bolts, pipes, edges and corners — and replace if loose, cracked or missing
- Tighten all hardware
- Cut off all protruding threaded ends of bolts and other fasteners and remove any sharp edges
- Ensure equipment is on level ground, no less than 6 feet from any structure or obstruction such as a fence, garage or tree
- Adjust all swings for a minimum 8-inch clearance between the swing and the ground surface
- Use a water seal on your gym set to protect wood and prevent cracking and warpingDuring play season...
- Check all nuts and bolts twice monthly for tightness and tighten as required.
- Oil all metallic moving parts monthly
- Check all hardware and equipment for sharp edges twice monthly
- Check swing seats and chains monthly during the usage season for evidence of deterioration
- Remind your children of safe play rules including appropriate swinging space, sharing with others and being polite to other children
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