When Preparing to build your play set its VITAL that you consider the specific destination u want it to be placed in. Installation over specific surfaces Increases the Risk of serious Injury from Falls to the ground and other Incidents. Installation over surfaces such as Concrete, Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Carpet and other hard based surfaces creates a risk of Serious Head Injury. One of the key ways to prevent Factors like this happening and to reduce the likelihood of any injuries is to Install and maintain shock absorbing material under and around your play set.
There are different Types of Surfacing that you can choose from when it comes to safeguarding your play set. Here’s a list of a few effective methods which can be applied:
• Loose Fill Materials – Wood Mulch / Chips, Engineered Wood Fibre or Shredded /recycled rubber Mulch.
• Poured in Place Surfaces
• Pre- Manufactured Rubber Tiles
Grass and Dirt are not considered as protective Surfacing when it comes to installing your play set. This is predominantly down to the fact that Wear and Environmental factors can reduce the level of ‘shock absorbing’ effectiveness. When Considering going down the route of protective surfacing with your Frame its VITAL the surfacing is applied to a depth that is suitable for the play sets Height in accordance with ASTM F1292 (Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment)
TIP OVER HAZARD
Building the Play set on a level location significantly reduces the likelihood of the play set tipping over. By Constructing the Frame on a level surface it also aids the installer when building the set by ensuring the frame is not being built on the wonk /slant. When it comes to protective surfacing, Flat surfaces help contain loose fill materials and prevent any washing away during heavy rains.
Here at Selwood Products we recommend that you place your play set on level ground at least Six feet from any Obstruction!… The House, Garages, Fences, Poles, Trees, Paths, Pavement, Decking, Laundry Lines and Electrical Wires ECT …are all seen as Obstructions.
Never allow children to play with ropes, clotheslines, pet leashes, cables ECT..When using the play set or attach these items to the set itself. Children should also never be allowed to wear lose fitted items of clothing when playing on the frame itself. Items such as Ponchos , Hoods , Scarves , Capes , Necklaces , Ties and any form of clothing with Draw Strings or cords is Prohibited !! Bike Helmets and Sports Helmets are also not to be worn when on the Play set. Failure to prohibit these items seriously increases the risk of injury to the child and puts there own well being at high risk.
Here is a list of a few Key ‘Safe Play’ Instructions that are to be observed before constructing your play set and allowing the children to commence play.
SAFE PLAY INSTRUCTIONS
• Observe Capacity Limitations of your set. ( Number of Users /Weight Limit allowed on ) All Selwood products Manuals State this Info for each specific set!
• Dress children with well fitted clothing and full foot enclosed footwear
• Check for Splintered, broken or Cracked Wood.
• Check for loose /Missing /Sharp Edged Hardware
• Verify that Suspended Climbing ropes, rope ladders, chain or cable are secured at both ends and can not be looped back on itself to create entanglement Hazard.
• On sunny days check that the slide, chalk walls, glider and other plastic based items are not to hot for children to touch. We recommend you Cool hot slides down with water and wipe prior to use!
• Do not allow children to walk in front, between or behind close to moving rides. (Swings, Glider ECT.)
• Do not Permit climbing on the play set when its wet
• Do not allow children to go down the slide head first
• Do not let Children get of rides while they are in motion.