|Levelling the monkey bars|
In the process of working out how and where to assemble them I found that the recommended height is 1.8 - 2.0 metres, and preferably 1.8m. Soft fall is also important, to a depth of 250-300mm for up to 2.5m around the bars (Playground Equipment Safety Bulletin, February 2011). The Bulletin provides advice about selecting soft fall materials.
We've generally followed this advice, although without soft fall for a little while. The Bulletin identifies the following as the primary causes of injury from using monkey bars (p.8):
- Trying to miss alternate bars - slipped off
- Became tired and couldn't continue - dropped
- Bars were too hot to handle - let go and fell
- Jumped to grab bar - missed
From the above it is important that we we pay attention to the lawn beneath the bars to minimise the opportunity for injury.