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Planning Fun and Safe Playground Areas

My Great Home features an article entitled “Creative Playgrounds for Small Spaces.” This article is chock full of useful information and includes many links for home playground resources. Here is a pertinent excerpt from this article:

“Creating a mini-playground in a small yard takes a little planning. But once in place, it will provide your kids or grandkids with hours of entertainment and exercise. Today’s play equipment doesn’t have to be gigantic. You can choose from a wide selection of swing-sets, slide sets, play towers, and sandboxes that are big on fun, but small in size.”

Consider size, materials, components, price, and safety before you buy play equipment.

  • * How much space will the play area require?
  • * What is the best material — plastic, wood, or metal?
  • * Do you want to buy the equipment or build it yourself?
  • * How much do you want to spend?
  • * What safety features should you look for?

Another must-read for people planning to install home playground areas and equipment is a short booklet produced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This 13-page booklet, Outdoor Home Playground Safety Handbook, gives sobering information regarding the number of children who are injured while using home playground equipment.

The leading reason for injury (80%) is from falling. While injury from falling, as well as most other types of injuries, can be prevented by closely supervising children as they use home playground equipment, the safety factor of home playgrounds can be greatly enhanced by considering the tips outlined in the booklet.

Some of these tips include:

-Planning your play area

-Picking materials

-Anchoring equipment

-Selecting protective surfacing

All important things to consider as you begin your new project! Click on the links above to read our recommended articles in full!

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