Slide buying guide
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- Type and shape
- Age restrictions
- Safety and standards
- Multi-activity apparatus
Choosing a slide for your children or grandchildren
The ideal outdoor play equipment, slides feature among the top three outdoor activities for kids, along with trampolines and swing sets. Once limited to parks and playgrounds, slides have become as popular as swing sets over the past couple of decades. There are a number of different types of slide, which vary in terms of their structure and the shape of the slide itself:
- Freestanding slides (regular or with waves) that are accessed via stairs or a ladder
- Slides combined with a climbing frame and other play equipment
- Tube slides (with tunnels)
- Built-in slides
Selecting a safe slide
Before the fun begins, you will need to make sure that your slide conforms to all appropriate BS standards.
Picking the right age category for your slide
Slides vary in terms of the length of the descent as well as the slope gradient, shape and any equipment surrounding them.
Freestanding or multi-activity slides
Slides can be the source of a lot of excitement, meaning they will keep your kids occupied for a while.
- A swing set
- A trapeze bar
- A rope
- A tunnel
- A playhouse
Assembling a children's slide
Before you start assembling the slide, you will need to choose a clear space on a flat surface. Be sure to install the slide away from any tree roots, edges or ponds.
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I'm a dog trainer by profession, but every weekend I put the whistle down and pick up a tool. The trainer mindset is not so easy to set aside - whether with four-legged or two-legged friends, I love giving advice!
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