Matching articles for Playgrounds - Playground Safety Surfaces: 26
Feature Article - January 2017
Ensuring kids on the playground are as safe as possible begins with smart planning and playground design, but it doesn’t stop there. Proper supervision and continual attention to maintenance are also crucial.
Feature Article - October 2016
There’s a lot more than meets the eye to playground safety surfaces, and despite any claims about safety, the context of your site—including prevailing weather, use and much more—can have an impact.
Problem Solver - August 2016
You should talk to the manufacturer of your surface about how things like maintenance, weather and other contributing factors can affect the performance of the surface over time. Look for a manufacturer that offers field testing once the surface is installed as part of your contract. A field test performed on your surface will reveal how well your specific surface is performing. Post-installation drop testing is the most effective way to determine the effectiveness of a safety surface.
It is important to top off the surface occasionally, adding more wood fiber to maintain proper protection. Be sure to inspect the surface regularly. Rake the fiber to keep the surface level and remove any foreign objects.
Feature Article - January 2016
Play equipment is meticulously designed to protect children from catastrophic injury, but it shouldn't eliminate risk entirely. Finding the right balance is important to encouraging children's growth without risking their health.
Problem Solver - August 2015
Talk to your manufacturer about the various elements that can affect the performance of your surface, from maintenance to weather, and more. And, don't forget that the more the surface is used, the less effective it may become. Some manufacturers offer post-installation field testing as part of the contract for a new surface. This can demonstrate the surface's effectiveness at your specific site. The clearest way to evaluate any safety surface is to conduct post-installation drop testing.
You'll occasionally need to top off the surface, adding more wood fiber, to maintain proper protection. Keep a schedule for staff members, and be sure to conduct regular inspections of the surface. Remove foreign objects and rake the fiber to keep the surface level.
Web Exclusive - March 2015
When First Baptist Church in Neches, Texas, decided to surface their playground with rubber mulch, they turned the whole installation experience into a fun time for all.
Feature Article - January 2015
Playground equipment and surfaces from well-known and respected manufacturers is designed with children's safety in mind, but the context of your site and the way products are installed can also have an impact, both now and over the life cycle of your equipment.
Supplement Feature - September 2014
Falls to the surface are the number one cause of injury on the playground, which is why it's so important that those surfaces are maintained regularly and composed of the appropriate materials to maximize safety and prevent serious injuries.