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As we all know, the main users of outdoor playground equipment are children of different ages. Therefore, when building a playground, nothing is more important than safety. One of the main areas of the outdoor play area is the surface material used.
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According to statistics, nearly 70% of playground injuries are caused by falls. Fortunately, most injuries are preventable, so choosing a safe surface material can greatly reduce the severity of injuries.
So how to find the best material for your playground surface? Safe playgrounds are designed to cushion falls and are essential for playgrounds. No matter what precautions parents, teachers and other caregivers take, sometimes falls are inevitable. When the parents turn their heads, the children jump from a swing on a toy or a rough room. Sometimes a child loses his balance on just one piece of equipment. When this happens, they need to land on something soft and thick to absorb the shock and prevent minor damage from turning into serious damage. Below we will introduce the material of safe outdoor amusement equipment in detail
1.Engineering wood fiber
EWF's fiber texture is different from that of large wood chips. These small fibers are tightly woven together to form a dense, firm surface to meet accessibility guidelines and absorb shock. EWF is sustainable and natural. When manufactured at a Zeager licensed location, EWF comes from fresh wood that cannot be used for wood. Zeager never USES species that could be endangered.
This type of surface is reasonably priced and easy to install, but it does require regular maintenance to maintain accessibility in high service areas such as sliding exits and under swing. Installed in high use scope as TuffMats Ⓡ such wear pads can create a safe, can hit the floor space, at the same time to keep these areas without the need for maintaining compliance.
2. Fill the site with rubber
On-site pouring of rubber is often used in resorts or amusement parks as it comes in many different designs and colors to choose from. Public playgrounds usually avoid using cast-in-place rubber because of its cost. However, because of its stability and durability, it is considered one of the best materials for playground surfaces.
3. The synthetic TURF
Synthetic turf was introduced in the 1960s, but didn't become popular until the 1980s. As the name suggests, synthetic turf initially looks and feels like natural grass. However, it continues to develop as a safe surface material. It is a popular choice for playgrounds, with more than 12,000 playgrounds using synthetic turf in the United States.
Synthetic turf is a monolithic material, which means that it differs from loose materials such as EWF in forming solid or semi-solid surfaces. A single material is usually more expensive than loosely packed and is often harder to install.
4. Synthetic tiles
Synthetic tiles due to the composition of the rubber base. Ceramic tiles require a solid foundation for professional installation. After installation, it absorbs water droplets and is usually installed on concrete or asphalt. Research on the effectiveness of rubber bricks in nursing homes has shown that 1/2 inch thick bricks reduce impact by 65-85% compared to concrete floors. Synthetic tiles are an excellent choice to meet ADA requirements.
Some materials are unsafe for the playground and can cause serious injury or worse. These include the following:
Grass or dirt: grass may feel soft, but it is not thick enough to cushion falls. In addition, environmental factors such as freezing temperatures can affect the earth's ability to absorb shocks.
Concrete: concrete, asphalt, or any hard surface that can cause traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a fall should not be used on playground equipment.
Planks: some homeowners may consider placing a small swing or other amusement device on a wooden deck or board, but this is unsafe and provides little cushion against falls. Also, boards can get slippery when wet.
Loosely packed rubber: unlikely to meet ADA guidelines
Hoping the above article will help you choose the right safe amusement equipment in the later period.