Adelise Rachel February 1, 2021 home playground
As for tripping hazards, these would be those tree stumps, rocks, or other kids’ toys lying on the ground. We should also check for wet areas that can make the kids trip and fall.
Spinning equipment has dramatically changed from the old style carousels which could be dangerous to a new style which involves a standing platform and central pole which children can stand on and spin. There are also large discs with a dip in the middle that children can sit on and spin. These are brilliant for children to learn how to control weight distribution and can be used both individually and within a group.
Noise reduction – This is a great feature, especially when the play area is in a dense residential area. Infants and night shift workers may be trying to sleep during the day. Noisy kids can be heard for quite a distance!
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.
You also need to make sure the surface fill is laid down right. While this differs depending on what type of fill you are using, you can safely assume that any loose surface fill will need to be about a foot deep. And loose means loose-never pack it down when laying it in.
If you are not going to be around while children are playing, make sure that the playground, whether a public one or an activity center at their school, will have an adult around, keeping an eye on things. An adult can watch to make sure the kids aren’t being unsafe in their play. They also are responsible for taking care of the situation if something does occur, and the best adult supervision is someone who has some type of first aid training.