Matilda Israa February 1, 2021 home playground
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Many injuries that happen on a playground or around a playset have to do with the integrity of the surface, as children often fall off of or jump from equipment, fall when running, and most likely roughhouse on the ground.
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.
Leave Some Open Play Space – Having one of those really nice custom jungle gyms installed will certainly delight your kids but they still need a little bit of plain old open play space as well. A simple grassy area is fine as it will make a great venue for tag, ball games and whatever else the children can dream up. Having a few trees planted around this area for shade is something to consider as well.
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.
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.