Kid’s Safety – How to Install Swing Sets for Children
Having a swing set in your backyard can turn out to be quite fun for families with energetic kids for years to come. One of the most common questions parents with young children ask is how to install the safest swing sets in their backyard. Installing one can turn out to be a daunting task, but with the right tools and a good set of instructions, the construction can be achieved smoothly. As a homeowner, if you do decide to DIY and install your own swing set you need to be prepared to put in the work because it does take more time and requires more patience than most people realize. Without further ado, let’s get started.
What you need for Successful Swing set Installation
- A Swing set of your choice (wooden or metal)
- A hammer
- A Wrench
- Sand, Wood chips, Pea gravel or Synthetic mulch
- A ladder
Prepare your backyard
The first thing you need to do before preparing your backyard is to find the perfect spot to set up the swing sets. When deciding on where to place the swing set, choose a level ground absent of sharp plants, rocks or any tree limbs that may harm your child. Also, choose a clear space with enough room at least 10 feet at the front and behind the swings.
Additionally, lay out a proper base, you can use sand, wood chips, pea gravel or the synthetic mulch. A good base aids to soften a fall and prevent injury. Ensure it is at least 6 to 12 inches deep.
Sort out the hardware
Once your swing set arrives, sort out all the equipment before commencing installation. Pull out all the different pieces and try to lay them out how they are supposed to fit together. Label all the wooden pieces to ensure you have what you need for the job. This will save you time and make the construction job much easier. It is also important to be careful with the small tools like bolts and nuts. Place each type in individually labeled containers so as not to lose them.
Thereafter, go through the instructions and begin. Though instructions may vary depending on the brand and manufacturer, it is always best to start with the upright equipment. Start by bolting together the legs of the swing sets in pairs carefully. Next, install the crosspiece. This should be the longest piece of metal or wood depending on the swing set make. Go ahead and attach the cross piece where the legs of the swing set meet and use your tools to bolt them together.
Once this task is completed, use your ladder to secure the chains on the swing sets to the crosspiece. For convenience purposes, you can fix the chain on the swing set while laying down instead.
As you install a swing set, safety should be your top most priority, ensure the swing set is safe enough for any child that may use it at any point in time. In order to ensure your kids are always safe, Good Housekeeping recommends purchasing a swing set with either rubber swing sets or soft plastic plus with installed guard rails that are at least 30 inches.
Swing sets should be at least 6 feet from any potential hazards with more room suggested behind swings.