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Are you concerned about the safety of your child on the playground? You’re not alone. Playground safety surfaces are essential in preventing injuries and ensuring a safe play environment. In this article, we will explore the importance of these surfaces and how they can protect your child while having fun.
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Safety surfaces are designed to minimise the risk of injury, particularly in areas where falls are likely, such as playgrounds, sports facilities, and recreational spaces. Various types of safety surfaces cater to different needs and environments.
Wetpour surfacing, also known as rubber wetpour or rubberised safety surfacing, is a type of playground or recreational surface commonly used in areas where safety and impact absorption are crucial, such as playgrounds, sports facilities, and water play areas. It provides a soft and cushioned surface that minimizes the risk of injury from falls.
Wetpour surfacing is recognised for its safety benefits and aesthetic appeal, making it a common choice for creating inclusive and enjoyable play environments.
Rubber mulch is a type of safety surfacing commonly used in playgrounds and other recreational areas to provide impact attenuation and reduce the risk of injuries from falls.
Rubber mulch safety surfacing is a popular choice for playgrounds due to its impact absorption, durability, and low maintenance requirements. It is important to follow safety guidelines and standards during installation to ensure its effectiveness in providing a safe play environment.
Artificial grass, also known as synthetic turf or fake grass, is a surface made from synthetic fibres designed to mimic the look and feel of natural grass. It has gained popularity in various applications due to its low maintenance requirements and consistent appearance.
If artificial turf is being installed around playground equipment which has a Critical Fall Height, then a shockpad should be installed underneath the artificial grass to meet the CFH requirement.
Artificial turf is a popular option for playground safety surfaces, especially during wet weather, due to its durability and low maintenance.
One of the most popular safety surfaces for playgrounds is wetpour, also known as rubber tarmac or soft play area flooring.
Wetpour consists of two main parts – a base layer made from 100% recycled Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) and a top coat or wearing course made from EPDM rubber crumb.
The depth of wetpour surfacing can be adjusted to meet the critical fall height (CFH) of the children’s play equipment.
Alternative play area surfaces include rubber mulch, artificial grass and grass mats. However, wetpour is the most popular choice.
Graphics can be laser cut from EPDM sheets and laid onto the wetpour surface. The top coat of wetpour is then laid around them to create a consistent and visually appealing finish.
The critical fall height (CFH) must be correct around all playground equipment, making it important to have the safety surfaces professionally laid at the correct depth.
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