If you are looking for a new playground safety surface, or need a top-off of Engineered Wood Fiber in Minnesota, you have come to the right place! Playground safety surfacing is one of the most important safety aspects in a playground. Every safety surface option has pros and cons! We will take an objective look at your needs and give you tailored options to choose from. Our quality products are made within the United States of America and comply with IPEMA safety guidelines and certifications.
What is the Purpose of Playground Safety Surfacing?
The most recent study of 2,691 playground equipment-related incidents reported to the CPSC from 2001-2008 indicated that falls are the most common hazard pattern at 44% of injuries.
The surfacing under and around playground equipment is one of the most important factors in reducing the likelihood of life-threatening head injuries.
– CPSC Playground Safety Handbook #325
Which Safety Surface is Right for Your Minnesota Playground?
There are a lot of choices when it comes to deciding which playground safety surface will work the best for you. Here are a couple of things to think about:
- What is your budget?
- How much space do you have?
- How thick should the surface be to protect from a fall (Fall Height)?
- How much time do you want to spend on maintenance?
- Will any of the children playing on the Safety Surfacing have Cochlear Implants?
- Are you worried about little children eating small objects?
- Does the surfacing need to let rain water flow through it?
- How much water will it be exposed to?
- How important is theme and color?
- Is there proper drainage?
- How important is accessibility?
Engineered wood fiber is the most popular option for most playgrounds. It is the most cost effective option that adheres to ADA Laws and CPSC Guidelines. It is ADA accessible but is not the easiest for a wheelchair to roll on. We will be happy to give you a quote for a new space or top-off of engineered wood fiber and provide the IPEMA safety certificate for our products.
Rubber tiles are often the most popular surface children like to play on. They require little maintenance and will last for years. Rubber tiles come in all primary colors and can be blended with other colors to match the playground. Rubber tiles are a little more expensive but they are one of the easiest surfaces for wheelchairs to roll on as well as protecting children from life threatening fall injuries.
Turf is one of the newer safety surfacing options. It comes in 3 different weights and can have custom designs placed in it. The turf has antimicrobial, acrylic covered quarts with cooling properties at the base of the turf blades. The turf allows water to flow through it and the protective pad during heavy rains. Children will love crawling on this surface and it provides sensory benefits as well.
Pour-In-Place rubber is similar to rubber tiles but has no seam and provides protection from life threatening falls. It is also a popular safety option for kids. It can be customized to any design one may think of. This is a great option for themed playgrounds that need a lot of attention to detail. Pour-In-Place Rubber can conform to any contour and playground setting.
Playground protective borders protect the integrity of the playground safety surface. Whether you need to keep engineered wood fiber from falling out of the play surface area or stop dirt from being dragged across your safety surface tiles, an appropriate boarder is a must. We have all types of options for protective borders.
A wheelchair access ramp will allow a person in a wheelchair easy access in and out of the playground area. A wheelchair access ramp is a playground necessity.
Wear mats help protect heavy traffic areas where loose fill safety surfacing can be kicked out to expose the bare ground and lose necessary fall coverage. It is suggested to place wear mats under swings, slides and spinning events where loose fill safety surfacing can be eroded or displaced.