Preparing for Springtime Backyard Play

Swing n Slide Wooden Play Set

Don’t forget to prep your outdoor swing set for backyard play

Warm weather is coming soon and the kids are ready to get outside and play!  Swing-N-Slide wants to remind families that compliant backyard recreation is the safest way to play.  Outdoor play is important for building a child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Checking your play set for wear and tear will allow for longer and more productive play time.

Here’s a quick check list to inspect your play set for a spring and summer filled with fun and creative play:

Before Play Season

  • At the start of play season, check all metal parts for rust or other deterioration
    • To prevent deterioration of materials, remove plastic swing seats and other plastic accessories and take indoors during off seasons
  • Provide your children with a soft landing – proper surfacing is key
  • Replace any deteriorated parts with new parts for compliant play
  • Lubricate metallic moving parts
  • Check all protective coverings on bolts, pipes, edges and corners – replace if loose, cracked or missing
  • Keep your play surface compliant by checking its depth and raking it to avoid compaction
  • Tighten all hardware
  • Sand down any splinters in the wood
  • Replace any deteriorating wood parts
  • Cut off all protruding threaded ends of bolts and other fasteners and remove any sharp edges
  • Ensure equipment is on level ground, no less than six feet from any structure or obstruction such as a fence, garage or tree
  • Adjust all swings for a minimum 8” clearance between the swing and the ground surface
  • Use a water seal on your gym set to protect wood and prevent cracking and warping

During Play Season

  • Check all nuts and bolts twice monthly for tightness and tighten as required.
  • Oil all metallic moving parts monthly during usage period
  • Check all hardware and equipment for sharp edges twice monthly
  • Check swing seats and chains monthly during the usage season for evidence of deterioration
  • Remind your children of safe play rules including appropriate swinging space, sharing with others and being polite to other children

Playsets can last for many years if they are properly cared for and monitored.   It’s important to replace deteriorated swings and parts or upgrade for your growing child.  Swing-N-Slide offers many alternatives to your basic swing seat including a heavy duty swing seat, the innovative Vortex Ring Swing, the modern Wind Rider Glider or even a multi-child swing like the Mega Rider or the 2 For Fun Glider.

The most important aspect in play is safety.  Swing-N-Slide tests and adheres to the ASTM International regulations for residential play.  To learn more on playset safety visit for ASTM compliance information and how Swing-N-Slide meets or exceeds regulations for safe backyard play.

Swing-N-Slide, PlayCore’s consumer products division, is a leading U.S. manufacturer of residential backyard playground equipment and related accessories. Swing-N-Slide designs, manufactures and distributes play sets to home centers, hardware stores and play set retailers across the nation. Safety and quality have been the cornerstone of Swing-N-Slide’s vision to provide children and their families with a safer play environment. For more information visit


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