June is National Safety Awareness Month!

Rainbow Play Systems, Inc., the country’s leading manufacturer of children’s outdoor play equipment, wants parents, educators and communities to recognize the importance of National Safety Month this June.

Our primary focus is to always provide the safest play sets possible for children. We know safety is the number one priority of parents who are looking for the kind of equipment Rainbow provides. When building Rainbow swing sets, every safety consideration has been tested, evaluated and tested again. Read more here… http://www.rainbowplay.com/about-rainbow/safety-features/

Checklist for Playground Safety:RPS_SafetyMonth-300x300

  • Surfaces around playground equipment should be filled with loose fill, such as wood chips, mulch, sand or pea gravel.
  • Look for exposed concrete footings, tree roots or rocks that could trip children.
  • Check for sharp edges and dangerous hardware, like open hooks or protruding bolts.
  • Make sure children play on age-appropriate equipment and supervise them while playing.
  • Playgrounds should be maintained regularly. Report any problems.
  • Buy sturdy equipment that will grow and change as your children become older.
  • Avoid equipment that has rings with a diameter more than five inches but less than 10 inches. This could pose as an entrapment issue for a child.

Choosing a Safe Location for Your Play System:

When selecting a place to set up your play set, always keep the child’s safety in mind. Here are some recommendations that should help you achieve a safe play area.

  • The play system should be located on solid level ground free of objects that could cause injury such as, but not limited to, tree stumps, roots, and large rocks.
  • Stationary components such as ladders and slides must be no less than SIX FEET (1.8 meters) from any structure or obstruction such as a fence, garage, house, tree or overhanging branches, electrical wires or clotheslines.
  • Any swinging equipment must be a minimum distance of TWICE the height of the swing beam away from any structures or obstructions as specified above.
  • Do not install your play system near a lake, river, swimming pool or other water hazards.
  • If anchoring your play system, all underground utilities must be located in play zone before starting assembly of play system.
  • Try to locate slide out of direct sunlight to reduce the likelihood of serious burns.  A slide that faces north will receive the least direct sunlight.
  • It is recommended not to place a set on sandy soil or loose fill as it may require additional anchoring in that situation.
  • Do not install your play system over concrete, asphalt, packed earth, grass, carpet, or any other hard surface.  A fall onto a hard surface can result in serious injury to the play system user.