When it comes to planning a children’s play area, safety is always at the top of the priority list. Below we look at some of the safety aspects you need to bear in mind.
Children love nothing more than having a great area specially dedicated to them which they can run around and play in. So, it’s hardly surprising that more and more adults are spending time working out just how they can fit that ideal play area into their garden and planning all aspects of safety is a big part of this. Here are some safety tips to consider during the planning process and once the play area is in place:
Safety Surface – As more than 70% of all injuries within the children’s play area are caused by the children falling, it is important that you make the surface as safe as possible. Ensure that you install a shock-absorbing surface of about six inches deep. This should exceed the play area itself by about six foot. Consider using play bark, wood chippings or sand.
Location – Carefully consider the position of your play area. Avoid placing it near to greenhouses or fencing. For smaller children consider placing the play area where you will be easily able to keep an eye on them.
Children-friendly – The play area needs to be totally child-friendly, so check every part of the designated area for any potentially dangerous obstructions. Remove protruding tree roots, branches etc. Also think about small spaces when younger children might become stuck, such as climbing ladders etc.
Regular Maintenance – Make sure that you regularly maintain the play area. This will entail raking through any loose material and removing any foreign objects. Check all the play equipment and replace or repair appropriately.
Establish Play Area Rules – Children need to know how they should behave in the play area. This should include how they should use the play equipment and understanding the reasons why glasses or other objects shouldn’t be allowed in the area. Furthermore, adults will benefit from agreeing clear supervision rules.
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