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What Surfaces Are Safe For Playgrounds?

By Whirl Construction (451 words)
Posted in Safety Surfaces on May 8, 2013

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Playground Safety SurfacesEvery child deserves a safe place to play. Therefore, it is important that all playgrounds have surfaces that can reduce the severity of any injury that a child may experience. The good news is that there are a variety of surfaces which can be installed at a reasonable price. Listed below are surfaces which are safe and cost-effective enough to be used on your next playground.

Wood Fiber

Wood fibers offer a naturally soft surface for children to play on. Although the wood chips will have to be replaced or topped off at least once a year, it can be an economical way to provide a safe playground surface for children of all ages.

Rubber Tiles

Rubber tiles are an ideal choice for a playground surface because they are durable and do not require a great deal of maintenance. More importantly, they absorb a lot of the shock that occurs when a child falls down. Instead of getting hurt after a fall, they can bounce back without incident.

Artificial Turf

Artificial or synthetic turf is designed to look and feel like natural grass. Many sports teams use artificial turf because it is safer to run on and causes fewer injuries. Padding can be added underneath the surface to add even more support should a child fall while playing. The best part about an artificial surface is that there is little to no maintenance needed.

Shredded or Poured Rubber

Communities that are looking to use recycled materials to surface their playgrounds should consider bonded or poured rubber because they are easy to install. Rubber from shredded tires is used to create the surface. This means that kids can stay safe while also learning about the value of recycling. In addition to being good for the environment, the shredded rubber is designed to resist water.

Grass or Dirt

Not all playground surfaces are made from rubber. Natural grass is a good surface for kids to play on because they can slide, fall and roll on the grass without getting hurt. If it is deep enough, dirt can also be used as a natural surface for children to play in safely. In some cases, it may be beneficial to put a sandbox next to a playground that has been surfaced with artificial or natural grass.

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Tri-State Creations posted on: May 30, 2013

I would like to thank you for this awesome post! we're gathering ideas for our next playground project. I think shredded rubber mixed with wood fiber will be our choice for the flooring.

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