A kid falling during any type of play is inevitable, and playgrounds, with such contraptions as monkey bars, swing sets, and jungle gyms are a hotbed for these injuries. The days of playground injuries, from falls, are fading as the trend toward rubber playground surfacing continues to grow. Regardless of where or what type of playground, a soft rubber surface provides the ultimate in safety flooring for our precious children. Rubber’s natural shock absorbing trait helps weaken the impact of a child’s fall on the outdoor playground flooring, minimizing the chance of abrasions. Rubber also increases the safety of your children with its high coefficient of friction reducing the chance of slips caused from wet spots. Rubber surfaces come in a variety of thicknesses, and colors, transforming a playground surface into another attraction for children. For example, kids’ imagination may see square playground tiles as a natural hopscotch court. Parents have enough to worry about, and lessening the chances for children’s injuries during play is a much-needed stress relief for any guardian. Listed below are the top two reasons to consider switching your current surface to softer playground tiles made of rubber.
A rubber playground safety mat can provide non-slip traction through rubber’s natural traction properties along with the added surface texture added through its composition. Because they are made of recycled rubber, rubber outdoor playground tiles will not be damaged by harsh environmental factors, such as UV rays, ozone, oxygen, and wet weather conditions, allowing them to be used in outdoor setting where they can be exposed to wet weather. Rubber also retains a natural high coefficient of friction which allows recycled rubber for playgrounds to retain its traction properties even when moisture is present.
Protective fall surfacing is a shock absorbent surface that will provide sufficient cushioning in case of a fall. It is important to install protective fall surfacing, such as soft ground mats made of rubber, as most playground injuries are the result of falls onto a hard playground surface. Rubber interlocking playground tiles are available in 4 different thickness of 3/4″, 1”, 2.5”, and 3”, allowing you to find the right thickness according to the height of the playground equipment. Playground safety surfacing should not only cover the area underneath playground equipment, but it should also cover the use zone around the playground equipment.
Recycled rubber for playgrounds is the safest playground surfacing option because it can provide both non-slip traction and a cushioned landing surface. Made of post-consumer vehicle tires, recycled rubber padding for playground surfacing offers excellent indoor/outdoor versatility as well as long-lasting durability, allowing it to remain a reliable safety surface. The same resilient impact absorption seen in vehicle tires is transferred into the performance of recycled rubber interlocking playground tiles. Recycled rubber playground safety surfacing offers the best of both worlds by providing non-slip traction as well as impact absorption.
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