Wise Words of Advice on Installing Home Playground Equipment

Home Playground Equipment
Installing park equipment in the house motivates the kids to play in open air. In this article, we will provide you with some tips and suggestions for installing it at home.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
With the increasing popularity of television, video games, and computers, most children do not feel the need to go out to playgrounds. They are no longer interested in playing outdoors, as they have ways to entertain themselves in the confines of their homes. Moreover, there are times when the parents are pressed for time due to their hectic schedule. However, the fact remains that exercise is essential for healthy physical and mental growth of children. If time doesn't permit you to take your kids to the playground, why not get the playground to the kids? It's a very good option. Try installing one right in your backyard.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of the United States of America has specified a few precautions to be taken while constructing a playground and designing playground equipment plans. It has also specified some criteria to ensure the safety of your kids.
  • Install a shock-absorbing floor before starting the installation. For added safety, place rubber or rubber-like material mats, especially close to high equipment. The CPSC suggests the use of thick layers of wood chips, shredded rubber, mulch, sand, or pea gravel around the area.
  • Install protective surfacing, specially for swings, that extend twice the height of the suspending chains.
  • Never attach ropes, jump ropes, or clothes lines to the equipment; children may trip over these.
  • Avoid having any open "S" hooks or protruding bolt ends. If needed, bend the open pointed end inside or cover it up with rubber/plastic caps.
  • If there is any space between guardrails or ladder rungs, keep it less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches. This ensures that a child cannot get trapped in or pass through without getting stuck.
  • All the platforms, ramps, bridges, and ladders should have guardrails to prevent the kids from falling.
  • Check if the equipment has sharp points or edges. If it does, try to cover it up with foam or rubber material.
  • Remove exposed concrete footings, tree stumps, and rocks that can cause the kids to trip.
  • Maintenance of these play materials should be done on a regular basis.
  • It is better not to have any water bodies or pits in the vicinity of the play area. If you have a swimming pool nearby, install a proper partition between them.
  • Proper supervision of elders is essential when the kids are playing. This especially applies in case of very young kids.
  • A full-fledged first aid kit should be ready in case of any emergencies.
The outdoor play area should be designed keeping in mind the age of the kids and the purpose of each item.

Slides: Slides can be used by kids of every age group. Even toddlers can play on them if they have some elders around. The height of the slide can be decided according to the age of the child who will be using it. There are slides known as tunnel slides that are closed like a tube. See to it that they are wide enough and do not have any nails or other hardware protruding out. Slides are effective in exercising the body as the kid has to climb the ladder to get to the top.

Swings: Swings are of many types. There are flat swings which do not have any support. These are suitable for kids that are big enough to take care of themselves. For younger kids and infants, install swings with support. They are effective in improving balance and a good exercise for the legs and back.

Mazes: Mazes take up a lot of space and are like a practical puzzle for the kids. They are not recommended for very young kids. They help to exercise the mind of the child effectively.

Play Panels: Play panels are good for mental growth and basic learning, as they include puzzles and cardboard games on an enlarged plastic board. These could prove to be good educational toys for children.

Climbers: These are effective in exercising the upper torso, especially the arms. Again these play tools should be installed depending on the height and maturity of the kid. Make sure to place a shock-absorbing mat under them, if they're too high.

Seesaws: Seesaws help to improve the body balance and legs. They are not recommended for infants, though some seesaws have seats with support.

Children love colors, so make sure that you choose colorful equipment. You can also set a theme for the play area. Some tools are available in ready-to-install kits and can be easily set up. Still, it is advised to install plastic ones and take professional help for incorporating proper safety measures, so that your kids can enjoy the fun rides without any restriction or danger.
A back yard wooden swing set placed in a garden
Little girl on the slide