Playground Safety: Swings
Swings are one of the most common peices of playground equipment found in public playgrounds.
Children of all ages generally enjoy the sensations created while swinging. Most often, they sit on the swings, and it is common to see children jumping off swings. Younger children tend to also swing on their stomachs, and older children may stand on the seats.
To help prevent young children from inadvertently running into the path of moving swings, swing structures should be located away from other equipment or activities. Additional protection can be provided by means of a low barrier, such as a fence or hedge. Such barriers should not be an obstacle within the use zone of a swing structure or hamper supervision by blocking visibility.
Tire swings are usually suspended in a horizontal orientation using three suspension chains or cables connected to a single swivel mechanism that permits both rotation and a swinging motion in any axis.
A multi-axis tire swing should not be suspended from a structure having other swings in the same bay. Attaching multi-axis swings to composite structures is not recommended.
Swings Not Recommended for Public PlaygroundsAnimal Figure Swings – These are not recommended because their rigid metal framework is heavy presenting a risk of impact injury.
Multiple Occupancy Swings – With the exception of tire swings, swings that are intended for more than one user are not recommended because their greater mass, as compared to single occupancy swings, presents a risk of impact injury.
Rope Swings – Free swinging ropes that may fray or otherwise form a loop are not recommended because they present a potential strangulation hazard.
Swinging Dual Exercise Rings and Trapeze Bars – These are rings and trapeze bars on long chains that are generally considered to be items of athletic equipment and are not recommended for public playgrounds.
NOTE: The recommendation against the use of exercise rings does not apply to overhead hanging rings such as those used in a ring trek or ring ladder.
If your child was severely injured from playing on a Swing, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering if the equipment is not up to code. For a free playground accident lawsuit case evaluation, fill out the simple form below and your case will be reviewed within 24 hours.
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