Brigette Marion February 18, 2021 home playground
With all that said, what are the necessary things you need to do to ensure that you minimize – to the lowest possible level – the incidences of injuries sustained from using the playground equipments? The answer to that is by fixing the root cause.
We should not keep play structures close to each other. It is recommended that play structures more than 30 inches high are spaced at least 9 feet apart so when children fall down, they don’t get injured by the nearby structures.
Excellent resistance – Flooring made from recycled rubber is resistant to weathering and aging. The surface will look amazing for a very long time even when installed outdoors. Most playground rubber floors are also slip resistant.
Even as time goes by, you should always check around the playground and clean up a little bit, checking for trash or hard objects that may have been dropped. Even water puddles can be a danger as they may alter the consistency of the surface fill-not to mention harbor bacteria if the water stands too long.
Take a look at the surface of your play area as well. Most are filled with some type of loose material, such as sawdust, wood chips, or gravel. The thing with loose materials is that the more packed they get, the less padding they offer to a falling child. Make sure that the running around or the weather has not begun to pack it down, and every once in a while you may want to dig it up and turn it over a little bit to loosen it up.
Probably the best protective surface to use is rubber playground tiles, also known as playground mats. Rubber playground tiles are great because you can get many different thicknesses, from 1” to 4 1/4”. This is great because the CPSC has a statistic called the ”Critical Height of Playground Equipment”, which is the highest point that kids can get to on any piece of playground equipment. Once you know the critical height, you can figure out the thickness of playground tiles or mulch that’s needed for that area.