Some Backyard Playground Installation Tips.

Now that you have your outdoor playset at home (A Spimbeys playset, of course), you need some guidance with the installation process. We get it: not everybody has the skills to put together a structure such as a piece of playground equipment. That’s why today we bring you some Backyard Playground Installation Tips!

The play area must be safe for children to play in at any given time, and the structure needs to be on solid ground. Some parents will feel more comfortable by hiring a professional installation company. After all, kids play and play, and we want to rest assured that the whole structure is heavy-duty, with no flaws.

Nevertheless, the easy installation process of Spimbeys outdoor play equipment is one of the favorites characteristics of our products. With these basic backyard playground installation tips, you will be able to put together a great backyard playground.

If you are of the lucky ones to count with a Spimbey modular outdoor playset, remember you can consult our installations manuals here

A safe play zone is a happy zone.

When doing a swing set installation or any other type of play structure, one of the main things you should put your attention on is to create a safe zone for both playground users and people around the play area.

Be mindful that even though is not a pretty thing to talk about, playground injuries are a reality. Thousands of children go to the ER each year with playground-related injuries. It is our job to avoid being a part of the statistic.

Kids swing high if you let them, so the play area must be safe for everybody. Here are some safety recommendations you need to follow.

  • Installation over concrete, asphalt, dirt, grass, carpet, and other hard surface creates a risk of serious injury from falls to the ground.

  • Place the playset on level ground at least 6 feet – 1.8m from any obstruction such as a garage or house, fences, a rock wall, poles, trees, sidewalks, walls, landscape timbers, rocks, pavement, planters, garden borders, overhanging branches, laundry lines, and electrical wires. Avoiding contact with all those types of surfaces will diminish the risk of injuries.

  • Check for looseness, damage, or deterioration in the ground anchors. They should firmly anchor the unit to the ground during use. Resecure or replace them, if necessary.

  • Check that set or assembly is properly level before proceeding.

  • Choose a level location for the equipment. This can reduce the likelihood of the play set tipping over and loose-fill surfacing materials washing away during heavy rains

Why sand or grass cannot be considered a safe surface for playground installation?

Grass and dirt are not considered protective surfacing because wear and environmental factors can reduce their shock absorbing effectiveness. 

Carpeting and thin mats are generally not adequate protective surfacing either.

So, you will need some protective surfaces to cover the play area. We have a guide about that subject you can consult here.

Rubber mulch and titles are the most “famous” type of protective material, but there are other options you can explore.

Now that the installation is ready, what can we do?

Be mindful of the different playground age groups. Some equipment is more fitted for children of a certain age. For example, it is not the best idea in the world to put your six-year-old on the monkey bars.

Maybe it is best if they stick to the swing set and the slide for the moment.

Spimbey playgrounds are designed to be used by children between 3 and 13 years old. We love to grow as your kids do so we offer you a product with a long lifespan.

Do not allow children to wear loose-fitting clothing, ponchos, hoods, scarves, capes, necklaces, items with draw-strings, cords, or ties when using the play equipment.

It is scary to say it, but those types of accessories or clothing can increase the risk of choking and that is, for sure, a hard no for parents.

Do not allow children to walk, in front, between, behind, or close to moving rides. Climbing on equipment when it is wet is definitely a no-go.

Standing on or jumping from the roof, elevated platforms, swings, climbers, ladders, or slides can be dangerous. We know children love to be creative and do crazy stuff, but we want to guarantee their safety at all times, so please, do not let them use the playset for purposes which was not intended.

At Spimbey, we care so much about safety. We want lovely and happy memories. Of course, one scratch here or there is fine and actually expected, but let us do all we can to avoid passing that.

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