Playground Safety Tips

Posted on: October 8, 2014

Whether you manage a park or business with a playground or if you’re a parent of a child who loves playing on the local jungle gym, everybody can agree—we want the playgrounds to be as safe as possible. Your playground should be a fun place where children can play without fear of injury. So how can you improve your playground’s safety without sacrificing aesthetics? The easy answer is with artificial turf, but there are other things you can do to ensure that your playground is as safe as possible.

How Can You Make Your Playground More Safe?

Playgrounds are fun, but if proper caution isn’t put into their design, they could be potentially hazardous to the children that use them. In order to make sure your playground is as safe as possible, it’s important to address:

How high your playground is. The height of the surfaces at your playground are essential. It’s important that your surfaces are prepared to protect for the full height of your playground. Capitol Turf Pros’ turf is certified for up to a 12-foot critical head fall.

How far your surface extends. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)—a governmental agency that sets guidelines for the safety of products—requires that protective surfaces extend six feet in all directions from any piece of playground equipment. Furthermore, swing sets need double the height of the top bar in either direction for maximum safety.

The spacing of your playground. The CPSC also recommends that any structures that are at least 30 inches high be spaced at least 9 feet apart for maximum safety.

However, probably the most important item on your playground is your surface, and simply put, our synthetic turf is the most sanitary and safe playground surface. The turf we install has a heat block in it that helps it stay cooler than other products, and we also have some of the best playground turf installers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC! Capitol Turf Pros will make sure your artificial playground turf installation project goes smoothly from start to finish. To learn more, contact Capitol Turf Pros today!

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