5 critical considerations before buying indoor playground equipment

Kid’s indoor playground equipment is designed for the fun and games. When it comes to choosing the right equipment, there are several considerations concerning the safety and the practicalities. For us, the adults choosing the right indoor play structures are more than the “simple fun and games.” Keep in mind that there are liability concerns and responsibilities on your part concerning the proper installation, maintenance, and care at the premises.

Here are the top five considerations for you to ponder on before deciding on the structures to install.

  1. Consider the age of the children

Playground injuries are quite common and daily occurrences. But accidents and injuries can be avoided by selecting age-appropriate equipment. More often than not, severe injuries occur in children when they are allowed to play with/on equipment that is far more advanced than their age group.

Children’s playground equipment are categorized according to age groups, including 2 and under 2, 2-5 years, and 5-12 years. It is imperative to choose the right equipment with respect to the age group to avoid serious injuries. It is better to splurge on age-specific equipment than on the medical bills and the emotional trauma following an accident.

  1. Pay attention to the details

Most of the playground equipment comes with a surface mount for proper installation of the structure. Make sure that the surface supplied with the equipment is both thick/soft and provides ample traction to minimize slips and falls. Soil, grass, and concrete surfaces are a strict no when it comes to children below the age of 12.

  1. Not all wood is good

There are many wooden surfaces available along with the playground equipments. Often the equipments are made out of wood. Now there is nothing wrong with wood, but often these woods are pressure and chemical treated. Chemicals present in the wood can be toxic not only to children but adults as well. To be on the safe side, avoid wood equipment when selecting playground structures for children.

  1. Barriers are important

Any playground equipment installed at a height or one that involves elevation of any kind should have protective barriers to prevent falls. The risk of a severe injury is quite high whenever a degree of elevation is present. So make sure to install protective barriers. The trick is to be pro-active and prevent mishaps from happening. Keep in mind that the rails of the barriers should be spaced narrow so that young children cannot get stuck between them.

  1. Vital considerations about the swing

The most common of the playground equipment, the swing set has several health hazards if installed improperly. Make sure that the swings are set firmly with low to no movement as far as the base frame is concerned. Keep in mind to set the swings apart so that chances of collision are negated. Read the supplied manufacturer’s instruction about the make, material, and the weight capacity for the swings and make sure parents/kids abide by the rules in place.

We hope that the tips mentioned in the sections above make setting up the indoor playhouse for children more manageable. Follow the tips and minimize the risk for the young ones.

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