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Enhancing the Safety of Your Playground

As the weather warms and more people move outside to enjoy the warm days, families flock to playgrounds in droves to enjoy time together. Whether they are to be used by a community, or by a single family, playgrounds are a great choice for fun in fresh air. It is so much fun to choose slides and swings for a play space, but safety has to be a major concern for anyone working on a playground structure. When putting in a playground, there are a lot of important safety features to consider so that your family or community is as safe as possible while enjoying the play space.

The first thing to keep in mind is just how safe the structure of the playground and the layout is for those that will play on it. When considering the structure, the two things to be most mindful of is gaps and corners. If open spaces are in your playset, be sure that a whole child of any size can fit through them and not get stuck, even consider adults who may use the playset with their children, so as not to run into any issues. Obviously, sharp corners can be a big hazard, whether it’s for eyes or bruising of the extremities, so it’s important to inspect any playground equipment and make sure that all sharp corners have been rounded down.

The next place to tackle is the ground below the playground. Most parks have moved beyond using cement or concrete beneath playgrounds to cut down on scrapes and broken bones. Another choice for safe playground surfacing is rubber mulch, but that comes with it’s own difficulties such as tripping, and can still be thrown about. One of the great inventions in playground safety is pourable rubber playground surfaces. This surfacing is poured in and is in one solid level of rubber, preventing tripping, and offering the same, or more, cushioning like the rubber mulch. Choosing a safe surfaces cuts down of many problems that occur when playing on a playground.

Finally, make sure that you aren’t skimping on your playground surface just to save costs, at the risk of those that utilize your playground. For safety, make sure the safe surfacing is under all of the structures of your playground. The height of a tall adult is about how far a safe surface should go around the playground. Also keep in mind just how far a determined child would be able to get off of a swing in motion when putting in that section of surface.

For a playground to be an exciting place to be where communities and families can unwind, they need to be safe and secure as well. By considering important safety features like spacing, rounding corners, and the play surface, you can rest-assured that you have done all you can when it comes to offering a safe place for families to play and enjoy their free time.
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