A residential playground in the backyard offers parents a chance to watch their children in a safe environment. It also protects children from stranger dangers that are present in public parks and recreational facilities. However, there are many things that must be taken into consideration to ensure that the playground is constructed and maintained with the safety of the child in mind.
Before purchasing a play set or equipment to use in the backyard, it is important to conduct an assessment of the area. Space is one of the biggest concerns when designing a residential playground.
Trees, shrubbery and other fixtures around the home should not be a deterrent for the playground structures. Play sets should never be installed within close proximity to utility guide wires, overhead electrical lines or other utility fixtures as they can create serious hazards for a curious child.
It is recommended that there be 6 feet of space between a play set and any other feature around it.