You’re expecting company this week and they have kids. You’ve stocked up on food; prepped bedding; cleaned house; but you just can’t put your finger on it, what else should you be checking?
The swing set!
Preparing your swing set for company includes checking regular maintenance items, weight requirements and doing some clean up if it’s been a while since it’s seen heavy use.
Depending on how many children you expect for the visit, the first thing you may want to do is to clean up the yard and the surrounding areas of the swing set and/or play set. Check to make sure there are no trip hazards like hoses or yard tools in the yard. Clean up debris and rake leaves.
If you are planning to have a large multitude of children, make room for them by moving yard furniture closer to the house so they can run and play without hazards. If you have a pool, cover it. If you have a grill, move it into a storage area. Kids need room to play!
Next, check your windows to make sure you can see clearly into the yard from the house. Parents will want to check on their kids periodically, so it’s important that they have clear visibility so they can visit, while keeping tabs on their kids in new or out-of-ordinary surroundings.
Check trees in the yard to make sure there aren’t low hanging branches that kids could bang into.
Area Underneath your Swing Set
Next, inspect your landing area under the swing set. Do you need to add any extra mulch or fix any rough spots in your padding?
After you’ve inspected the surrounding areas, do a maintenance test on the anchor of your swing set. Lean against all the areas set in the ground and make sure they are secure. With extra weight from additional children, you want to make sure that your swing set doesn’t have any weakened areas that might pop up suddenly.
If you have toddlers, or children smaller than your own coming, double check the areas around the ladders to make sure there are no entrapments for babes. Safety professionals recommend spaces be less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches apart.
While you’re checking the ladders, make sure they are secure and not loose.
If you’ve got a sandbox, double check the contents, rake it out and make sure that it stays covered during the visit.
Kid’s Need to Know the Playground Rules
Finally, make sure that any children visiting know all your house rules. There should not be any doubling up the swings unless it was originally designed for multiple children (swing set glider). Using additions like leashes or ropes is a big no no on the swing. No standing up on the swing and keep an eye out for the little ones. Lastly, if you have a dog, make sure the dog is not playing around the swing set. Dogs can be a tripping hazard.
Swinging should be fun, but it should also be safe.
And last of all, Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble.