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Safety Tips For Home Playground Equipment

  • Carefully supervise young children using playground equipment. Keep children from shoving, pushing, or fighting.
  • The surface under playground equipment should be energy absorbent. Use safety-tested mats or loose fill materials (shredded rubber, sand, wood chips, or bark) maintained to a depth of at least 9 inches.
  • Install the protective surface at least 6 feet (more for swings and slides) in all directions from the equipment.
  • Swing seats should be made of something soft, not wood or metal.
  • Children should not twist swings, swing empty seats, or walk in front of moving swings.
  • Put home playground equipment together correctly. It should sit on a level surface and be anchored firmly to the ground.
  • Cap all screws and bolts. Check periodically for loose nuts and bolts and broken, rusty, or sharp parts.
    Install playground equipment at least 6 feet from fences or walls.
  • Check for hot metal surfaces on equipment such as those on slides, which could cause burns.
  • Never attach ropes, jump ropes, clotheslines, or pet leashes to playground equipment because children can strangle on them.
Last Updated
TIPP: The Injury Prevention Program (Copyright © 1994 American Academy of Pediatrics, Updated 9/2005)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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