One of the most important things that you need to consider when purchasing a Swing set is the Swing Set Safety Zone. A Swing Set Safety Zone also called the Fall Zone is a safe perimeter around the Swing Set to guide and provide your children with enough room for a safe play environment.
As a basic rule, the following recommendations are made:
- The areas on either side are clear of any obstruction by 4 feet
- The areas to the front and back are clear of any obstruction by a minimum of 6 feet and will increase depending on the height of the Swing Set (see below)
- Finally the perimeter should be clear of rocks, debris or trees and contain a loose fill such as mulch or sand.
Source = U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (C.P.S.P)
Swing height to determine size of Swing Set Safety Zone:
If the Swing set is 8 foot high, the Swing set Safety zone needs to be double this on the front and back. So in layman’s terms – that will be 16 foot in front and 16 feet to the back – a total of 32 feet front to back.
Similarly if the Swing set is 9 foot high, the Swing Set safety zone needs to be 18 feet either side – a total of 36 feet!
So one of the first and more important things you will need to do before buying a Swing set is to get out your measuring tape to measure the area you have available and select the Swing sets that can fit into these Swing Set safety zones.
The CPSC mentioned above stated that there has been over 40000 cases in one year alone in Children’s injuries associated to Swing Sets so please please make sure both you and your children are aware of all the potential safety hazards and that your Swing set Safety zone is used at all times!
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