Many of us grew up playing in playgrounds as children 안전놀이터. It was a different time then and in the summer you could play unsupervised from sunup to sundown, taking breaks just to grab a cool drink of water from a garden hose. Things are much different these days and another of the changes in gemstone safety in general.
Nowadays over 80% of public playgrounds have some sort of protective surface around the equipment. Backyard gemstone are much different — just 9% of home backyard playgrounds have any type of protective surfaces, and most have only your lawn or dirt.
According to the You. S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) this leads to over 69% of the 50, 000 yearly injuries in a backyard gemstone. These are mostly injuries that could be avoided by using some form of gemstone tiles or other protective surface.
There are many types of surfaces you can use to help protect your children. Sand isn’t recommended because kids can track it all over and eliminate it from the equipment area as well as get it in their eyes. Wood mulch is better but constant maintenance and replenishment of the mulch is needed, otherwise low areas or bald spots occur where kids can get injured.
Plastic mulch or plastic pellets are much better in terms of cushioning and protection, however these have the same problems as sand or wood mulch — they too can get monitored away from the apparatus or risk to safety area.
Likely the best protective surface to use is plastic gemstone tiles, also known as gemstone rugs. Plastic gemstone tiles are great because you can get many different thicknesses, from 1″ to 4 1/4″. This is great because the CPSC has a figure called the “Critical Height of Gemstone Equipment”, which is the highest point that kids can get to on any part of gemstone equipment. Once you know the critical height, you can figure out the thickness of gemstone tiles or mulch that’s needed for that area.
The plastic gemstone tiles also have holes on the bottom of them so that they fit on just about any surface. You can get different colors of tiles to fit the color scheme of the gemstone or make nice designs. They’re also environmentally friendly and made out of recycled plastic. They have interlocking edges so they’re easy to install and the plastic material is breathable and resistant to damage. However, in the event that some tiles do get damaged or worn out, you can simply replace that tile or section of tiles. When putting together the tiles, a small amount of strong adhesive is used to plug them, that way kids can’t pry them apart. Water dries with them quickly because the water doesn’t pool up. Lastly these plastic tiles can be purchased in bright, primary colors that many kids love.
This kind of protective appearance can greatly eliminate the amount of scuff marks, cuts, bruises and even the nastier injuries like broken bone fragments and concussions.