Dixie Héloïse February 17, 2021 home playground
While every playground has to comply with the National Safety Council and the National Recreation and Park Association for safety procedures, it is recommended that you are able to check the playground prior to use by the kids to ensure playground safety for kids and toddlers.
First, ensure that the flooring on the playground makes for reducing the effects of a fall rather than worsening it. This can be done by building the floor using woodchips. Avoid the use of hard surfaces such as grass, sand, and asphalt as they will exacerbate the effects of a fall. There are better surfaces such as rubber mulch.
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.
One of the best ways you can be sure of the integrity in the equipment your children are playing on is by setting up a small playground in your own yard so that you have full control of the environment. Always make sure that you have created a setup that is easy to monitor. If your children are very young, you should never let them play alone. Older kids may come with some leeway, but there should always be an adult close by who is checking from time to time to make sure things are on the up and up.
I love trying to come up with new ways to make kids thrilled with hanging out in the yard, doing something active. In fact, thinking back on my own childhood, I remember designing miniature playgrounds myself out of makeshift parts (think basketball hoops made of old bicycle rims). It disappoints me sometimes to see how little imagination some children put into entertaining themselves, but looking at all the easy options they have, I can’t say as I blame them. Often, they just need a little direction and some time on their own to get creative.
Nowadays over 80% of public playgrounds have some sort of protective surface around the equipment. Backyard playground are much different – only about 9% of home backyard playgrounds have any sort of protective surfaces, and most have only grass or dirt.