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Health Tip: Secure a Child's Swingset

(HealthDay News) -- A child's swingset must be properly assembled and secured to prevent serious injury.

The U.S. National Safety Council offers these suggestions:

  • Make sure the set is sturdy and can accommodate your child's growth.
  • Ensure that the set is stable by installing the legs in concrete or with anchors. Make sure it's secured below ground level to avoid a tripping hazard.
  • Make sure all bolts and screws are covered.
  • Avoid swingsets with "S" hooks, or rough and sharp areas.
  • Look for slides that aren't too steep -- a maximum of 30 degrees. Borders on each side of the slide should be at least 2 1/2 inches, and there should be a flat area at the base of the slide near the ground.
  • Avoid equipment that is more than eight feet high.

-- Diana Kohnle

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