a playground is something that almost everyone enjoys
Playgrounds are treasured classics that will never go out of style as places to get exercise, remain fit, and have some good old fashioned fun. Playgrounds may be a great place to have a good time, but they may also be dangerous.
Over 550,000 playground injuries are handled in emergency departments nationwide each year. More than 1,500 youngsters are taken directly to the hospital from the playground every day. And don’t get me started on the tens of thousands of less serious injuries that aren’t even reported.
What steps can you take to prevent your children from joining the ranks of those who suffer? Fortunately, designing and building safe and enjoyable playgrounds isn’t difficult. You can provide your kids an enjoyable, safe, and responsible playground experience if you follow these 10 easy guidelines:
- The most common cause of playground injuries, accounting for 70% of all incidents on the playground, is falling from high places. As a result, it’s critical to lay down a safety surface that’s at least 12 inches thick all around the region. Rubber mulch and mats are the most shock-absorbent materials, although wood mulch, sand, and pea gravel can also be used.
- Surface extension – Safety surface should extend far enough in all directions to absorb falls from high equipment, in addition to the correct depth. Swings’ suspending bars should be at least double the length of the safety surface, which should reach at least 6 feet in all directions.
- If you’re going to have a lot of kids on the playground, make sure the equipment is properly spaced so they can’t get in each other’s way while playing. Different types of playground equipment should have a spacing of 9 feet between them, with swings getting an extra room.
- The whole playground area should be clear of any obstacles that might create tripping hazards. It’s best if surface-retaining borders are painted in contrasting colors to make them stand out.
- Check for sharp edges and points on any playground equipment.
- This is in line with the previous point, which states that hardware should be safe and cushioned. If using nails or “S” hooks make sure they are either fully embedded or firmly cushioned.
- The handrails on stairs, platforms, and ramps should be solid, and devoid of splinters to ensure the safety of those using them. Playground rails should be the correct height for the youngsters using them.
- Youngsters can become snagged in little holes throughout the playground. If possible, keep entrances and passages at least 9 inches wide or 3.5 inches wide to avoid this issue.
- No matter how well designed a playground is, if it isn’t properly maintained, it may quickly become a hazard. All playground equipment must be inspected regularly to account for wear and tear that is unavoidable and must be dealt with appropriately.
- Final point: Adult supervision is required at all times while children are using playground equipment. Your kids will have a blast on the playground for years to come if you plan during construction and keep an eye on them regularly.