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Matching articles for Surfaces - Playground Safety Surfaces: 19

Scratching Below the Surface

How Safe Is Your Playground Surface?

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.

Go Above & Beyond on Playground Safety

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.

Ensure Accessibility for Your Playground Surface

Problem Solver - August 2015

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.

We All Fall Down

Education, Maintenance Key to Playground Surface Safety

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.

Reduce Playground Maintenance Requirements

Problem Solver - August 2014

Well-designed playgrounds must include a safety surface to protect children from injuries due to falls. Many parks rely on engineered wood fiber and other cost-effective products, but these require careful attention to provide the proper levels of protection. Solutions are available that can simplify maintenance and ensure your surface is effective.

Be Sure of Your Playground Safety Surface

Problem Solver - August 2014

One of the most important elements of playground safety is the surface installed beneath the equipment. Falls to the surface are the cause of the majority of playground injuries, so ensuring your surface is performing as expected is a crucial task.

Ground Zero

Choosing the Right Playground Safety Surface

Supplement Feature - September 2013

It wasn't always that way. In fact, not until 1975, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) analyzed playground safety hazards and guidelines, did the trend toward installing safer, shock-attenuating surfaces begin. After that study, woodchips, gravel, rubber and other "softer" materials began to replace harder surfacing materials like concrete, asphalt, hard-packed earth, grass and sand. And all those surfaces eventually had to meet guidelines first outlined in 1990, when the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed by Congress.

Playgrounds

Promoting Public Use
Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island, Ill.

Facility Profile - September 2013

Here's how one community researched and found the right playground surface to meet their patrons' needs.

Ensure Your Playground Surface Performance

Problem Solver - August 2013

Talk with your manufacturer about making post-installation field testing a part of your contract for your new surface. Such testing will demonstrate how well the surface is performing for your specific site.

Protect & Serve

Playground Safety Starts With the Surface

Supplement Feature - September 2012

Playgrounds should be fun, carefree places that inspire physical activity and young imaginations. And, fortunately, they can offer children both those things as long as recreation managers uphold their obligations to build and maintain safe sites. Such work starts with the selection of the correct protective surface, the foundation of any safe and inviting playground design. The options are endless, and the necessity is indisputable.

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