Thursday, June 26, 2008

Health Tip: Swing Set Safety

(HealthDay News) -- Children's swing sets must be properly selected and assembled to prevent serious injury.

Here are recommendations on choosing and assembling a swing set, from the U.S. National Safety Council:
  • Make sure the equipment is very sturdy, and look for sets that can be changed or upgraded to accommodate your child's growth.
  • Secure the legs of the set in below-ground concrete. If you use anchors that come with the set, keep them below ground. Make sure all cables are taut. Cap any screws or bolts.
  • Slides should not be too steep -- no more than a 30-degree slope. The slide must have tall sides to prevent falls, and an area at the bottom where children can regain balance and sit upright.
  • Avoid sets with "S" hooks, or any parts that can pinch, cut or crush small fingers. Avoid any rings that are less than 5 inches or greater than 10 inches in diameter.
  • In general, equipment should not be higher than 8t feet tall. And metal equipment, used in hot weather, can lead to burns.

No comments:

Health Begins In The Colon

Health Begins In The Colon

[ learn more ]

Add to Cart

The REAL Secret to Health is Finally Revealed! Did you know that disease starts and health begins in the colon? You can read more about how to better your health in Dr. Group's exclusive book