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  • Swing Set Safety #2

    Swing Set Safety #2

    When it comes to your children’s happiness, you’re the pro. You know what makes them giggle with glee, or pout in misery. You are also the one that knows what puts an automatic smile on their face any time you suggest it—their swing set! However, there’s no worst rude awakening than when your child is swinging on their swing set one minute, and wincing out in pain the next. Keep them safe, happy and loving every second they spend swinging and sliding by applying the following rules. Then, everyone in your family can rest assured, stay safe and sound.

    Teach Your Children the Right Way to Swing

    It’s easy to get so distracted by your children’s excitementover their brand new swing set,  that you forget about the most important thing—their safety. Whether your kids are playing at an indoor play area, or your very own backyard, safety comes first each and every time. Surprising your children with a new swing set, such as the Supremescape Swing set from Eastern Jungle Gym is an exhilarating moment for any family, but remember: safety first!

    Acclimate your children to the “Do” and “Don’t” rules of their swing set. Spend a few moments teaching them about the right way to swing (facing forward with both hands on the chains, etc.) as opposed to the “wrong” way (jumping off in mid-air, etc.)

    Make Swinging a Fun Family Affair

    When it comes to children, accidents can and do happen. It’s inevitable—a trip on the slippery floor here, or a bump on their head, there. So, when it comes to swing set safety, the number rule you should always commit to is supervision at all times. Even with safe, top of the line equipment that you’ll find on all Best in Backyards swing sets, they can’t protect you from a slip, misstep or fall, all of which can be prevented with consistent supervision.

    Make their ‘swing time’ a family affair! Sure, it’s just your backyard, but treat it like you’re going to park and have hours of fun. Pack their favorite snacks and juice. Watch their faces light up as you applaud them as they slide down, racing their sibling to the finish line!

    Check all Swings, Chains and Bolts for Tightness

    Over time, some swing set hardware can loosen. And, when wet, it can become slippery, causing young ones to injure themselves easily. It’s important before every play session, that you survey your swing set for any signs of safety risk. Wipe down slippery surfaces, such as on the slide, swing and ladders. Once a month, search for visible signs of loosening. Then, look down! The most common area for children to injure themselves is because of slippery surfaces. There’s no time like the present—order our rubber mulch (the safest surfacing around!)—for an eco-friendly, smart choice. Available in a variety of colors, they go perfectly with your backyard equipment! Then sit back and relax. You’ve done your part to keep everyone in your family happy and out of harm’s way.

  • Safety Tips for Kids Playing Outdoors

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    Safety Tips for Kids Playing Outdoors

    If your child is always on the move, consider yourself lucky. That means that your child is healthy, happy and as curious about life as they should be! Whether your child loves splashing in puddles of rain during the fall, making snow angels in wintertime, or lying down in the grass as she basks in the sun of summer, you’re main concern (year round) is keeping them as safe as possible.  We’ve put together a cheat sheet for you, so that no matter time of the year it is, your kids stay happy and healthy without risk of injury!

    Scan Your Backyard For Danger and Risk 

    It’s easy for your children to break a rule about playing safely outside—especially when they aren’t clear on what those rules are! You may think because your children are playing in your backyard, that they’re out of harm’s way—but as you well know, children always need supervision. As active as they are, an injury or accident can happen in a split second, but you can significantly reduce their risk by surveying your backyard before they start playing.

    It only takes a minute to be on the lookout and search out possible risks that could turn their playtime into harm. During wintertime, look for ice on your patio that may cause a slip. During the summer months, scan the ceilings and corners of your foundation (as well as swing set and treehouse) for bee hives. Take a look at your swing set. Is their snow or sleet on the slide? Do you swings need to be wiped down so your children can enjoy them without risk of slipping off? Point them out and tell your children there are a few “off limits” areas of the backyard they need to stay away from.

    Keep an Eye on Them (Even When You Can’t)

    If you need to go inside occasionally while your children are outside, set up a baby monitor—even if your kids are older and are well past the infant stage. If you aren’t staying outside supervising every minute they’re sliding and swinging, this can be a great tool to ensure they’re safe and out of danger.  Even during the winter months, kids can play outside for hours on end. Ultimately, children are quick to get dehydrated and run down (even if it seems like they are they could go all day!) Monitor how long they play. Set up breaks for water and a snack periodically so that they don’t run their body ragged and maintain a positive attitude with their playmates.

    Whether you choose a swing set from our Sky Swing series or our Imagination Swing Set Series, you’ll love the change in activity and enthusiasm it brings out in your children. We believe in our product, and after our guys deliver and install it for you  we know you’ll believe in our product too! Have fun out there and be safe.

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