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Health Tip: Building a Safe Swing Set

(HealthDay News) -- If you're assembling a swing set, take steps to make sure it's properly assembled and safe for your child.

The National Safety Council offers these suggestions:

  • Make sure the swing set is stable by placing the legs in concrete below ground level. If you use anchoring devices, make sure they are below ground level to avoid tripping hazards.
  • Don't allow any slack in chains or cables, and make sure any exposed bolts or screws are capped.
  • Make sure the equipment does not have "S" hooks or other open-ended hooks, moving parts that may catch fingers, sharp or rough areas, or rings with a diameter of less than 5 inches or greater than 10 inches.
  • Make sure the slope of the slide isn't greater than 30 degrees, and the edges are at least 2 1/2 inches on both sides. Also provide extra exit room at the bottom, allowing children to easily balance themselves and stand up.
  • Use caution with metal equipment, especially with preschoolers.
  • Never assemble a swing set that is taller than 8 feet.
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