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How far should swings be set apart?

Updated November 21, 2016

Swings should be far enough apart to avoid collisions with other swings and structural supports. Swings that are too close together can also encounter entanglement hazards. According to BackyardCity.com, the S-hooks used on many swings "may act as hooks or catch-points, can catch children's clothing and cause strangulation incidents."

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Falls Cause More Injuries

While improperly positioned swings can endanger a child, falling down accounts for most playground-related injuries. Asphalt playgrounds, especially, can pose a danger to children, who might jump off of swings or have a tendency to trip. "Almost 60 per cent of all playground injuries," states BackyardCity.com, "are caused by falls to the ground."

Bottom Line

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, swings should be spaced at least 24 inches apart and 30 inches from the support structure. In addition, parents should monitor children on swings to avoid open hooks or playground falls. And, as recommended by BackyardCity.com, "there should be no more than two swing seats suspended in the same section or bay of the support structure."

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About the Author

Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.

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