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The Playground Professionals
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More Information About Our “Boxed” Playsets

Safety & Maintenance Tips

Your children’s safety is our #1 concern.

Observing the following statements and warnings reduces the likelihood of a serious injury. Please review these safety rules regularly with your children.

  • The pre-designed play sets are designed for the use of 4 occupants who have a combined weight not exceeding 800 pounds on the elevated floor, 3 occupants who have a combined weight of 425 pounds on the swing area, for a total Unit capacity of 7 occupants who have a combined weight of 1225. (This weight does not include any picnic table area(s).)
  • On-site adult supervision is required.
  • Teach children not to walk close to, in front of, behind, or between moving swings or other moving playground equipment.
  • Teach children to sit in and never stand on swings
  • Teach children not to twist the chains and ropes and not to loop them over the swing beam, since this may reduce the strength of the chain or rope.
  • Teach children not to jump from swings or other playground equipment in motion.
  • Teach children not to push empty seats. The seat may hit them and cause serious injury.
  • Teach children to sit in the center of the swings with their full weight on the seats.
  • Teach children not to use the equipment in a manner other than intended.
  • Teach children to always go down slides feet first. Never slide headfirst.
  • Teach children to look before they slide to make sure no one is at the bottom.
  • Teach children to never run up a slide, as this increases their chances of falling.
  • The parents should have the children dress appropriately with well-fitting shoes. No clogs, flipflops, or sandals are allowed. Loose clothing such as scarves, ponchos or capes should not be worn.
  • Always take off, tie up or tuck in cords and drawstrings on children’s clothing. These things can get caught on playground equipment and strangle a child.
  • Teach children not to climb when the equipment is wet.
  • Teach children to never jump from a fort deck. They should always use the ladder, ramp or slide.
  • Teach children to never crawl or walk across the top of monkey bars or swing beam.
  • Teach children to never crawl on top of a fort roof or on the outside of a tube slide.
  • Verify that any suspended climbing ropes, chains, or cables are secured at both ends and that they cannot be looped back onto itself.
  • Teach children not to attach items to the playground equipment that are not specifically designed for use with the equipment, such as, but not limited to, jump ropes, clothesline, pet leashes, cables and chain as they may cause a strangulation hazard.
  • Teach children to never wrap their legs around swing chain.
  • Teach children to never slide down the swing chain.
  • Teach children to remove their bike or other sports helmet before playing on the playgound equipment.
  • Teach children to NEVER look at the sun or other bright light through any accessory such as but not limited to a telescope, periscope or binoculars.
  • Never add extra length to chain or rope. The chains or ropes provided are the maximum length designed for the swings.

WARNING: Children must NOT use any play set until it has been completely assembled and inspected by an adult to insure it has been properly installed and the swing beam legs are anchored.

Playset Inspection

Playgrounds should be inspected on a regular basis. If any of the following conditions are noted, they should be removed, corrected or repaired immediately to prevent injuries.

  • Hardware that is loose, worn or that has protrusions or projections.
  • Exposed equipment footings.
  • Scattered debris, litter, rocks, or tree roots.
  • Splinters, large cracks and decayed wood components.
  • Deterioration and corrosion on structural components, which connect to the ground.
  • Swing chains, rings, ropes, etcetera should always be fastened to a rotating swing hanger. NEVER attach a chain, ring, rope, etcetera to a stationary hanger such as but not limited to an eye bolt. Severe wear could occur leading to an injury.
  • Missing or damaged equipment conditions, such as but not limited to handholds, guardrails or swing seats.

Playset inspector holding a checklist

Early in Each Play Season…

Seasonal Maintenance

  • Tighten all hardware. (But not so tight that you crack the wood.)
  • Lubricate all metallic moving parts per manufacturer instructions..
  • Check all protective coverings on bolts, pipes, edges and corners.
  • Replace if they are loose, cracked or missing.
  • Check all moving parts including swing seats, ropes, cables and chains for wear, rust, or other deterioration. Replace as needed. Replacement should be made of any swing seat that has developed cracks in the plastic seat.
  • Check metal parts for rust. If found, sand and repaint using a nonlead-based paint meeting the requirements of 16 C.F.R. 1303. These requirements are available at:
  • Check all wood members for deterioration and splinters. Sand down splinters and replace deteriorating wood members. Once or twice a year, depending on your climate conditions, you must apply some type of protection (sealant) to the wood or your play set. Please note this is a requirement of your warranty.
  • Reinstall any plastic parts, such as swing seats or any other items that were removed for the cold season.
  • Rake and check depth of loose fill protective surfacing materials to prevent compaction and to maintain appropriate depth. Replace as necessary.
  • Creating and maintaining the play set on a level location is very important. As your children play, your play set will slowly dig its way into the soil, and it is very important that it settles evenly. Make sure the play set is level and true.

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Warning Labels

  • Owners shall be responsible for maintaining the legibility of all warning labels. Replace as required.

Caution warning label

Swing Beam Weight Limits

Weight Limits for Accessories:

The weight limit for a Swing Belt is 225 lbs. (Although 150lbs is the maximum recommended swinging weight capacity for the swing position.)
The weight limit for a Trapeze Bar is 125 lbs.
Maximum Allowable swinging weight for a three position swing:

  1. The maximum allowable swinging weight at each Swing Belt position is 150 lbs.
  2. The maximum allowable swinging weight at the Trapeze position is 125 lbs.


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