Swing Set Parts
Over time key playground parts, especially swing set parts, can become worn down. Creating a general maintenance schedule and periodically examining playground equipment can help administrators keep up with parts that may eventually need to be repaired or replaced.
For instance, swing sets; this playground staple is one of the most popular attractions for children of all ages. Constant use and general wear and tear, due to time and weather, make swing set parts, such as S-hooks, some of the most replaced parts on a playground. Periodic examinations allow administrators to catch worn out parts before they become a problem that could injure a child.
Our playground designer, a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, recommends checking your swing sets S-hooks periodically to make sure they are closed. S-hooks are considered closed when there are no gaps or spacing greater than 0.04 inches, about the thickness of a dime. An S-hook is often part of a swing's suspension system, either attaching the suspending elements to the overhead support bar or to the swing seat. Open S-hooks can catch a child's clothing and present a strangulation hazard.
Dont forget to check the rest of your swing set hardware! If you have any questions about your swing sets parts or how to examine it, call us at 1-800-853-5316 and a Playground Specialist will help you!