Providing a space where your children can have fun and remain safe at the same time can be quite a challenge. After all, not all playgrounds are as safe as they claim to be. In fact, the number of accidents that occur in public playgrounds are more than enough to make any parent anxious.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 200,000 children ages 14 and younger get treated in emergency departments across America due to playground injuries. Nearly 10 percent are brought in for traumatic head injuries. This alarming trend would continue to persist until something definitive is done to address it.
While you may not be able to do much in making a public playground safer, you can certainly make great progress when it comes to making your child’s playtime more secure at home. If you are planning to build your own playground in your yard, one of the best things you can do is use artificial turf. Just like natural lawn, artificial turf is also soft so your child will feel comfortable if they run around barefoot. At the same time, it makes playtime safer for your child. Just to give you a better idea, here’s how synthetic turf accomplishes just that.
Proper Protective Surfacing
The problem with most playgrounds is that it is typically covered with a wide variety of surfaces that are just too hard for play. These include packed earth, blacktop, concrete and even stones. With synthetic turf, you can be sure that the surface is soft enough for your child to run around and even roll throughout the surface without getting any serious cuts or bruises.
Tested Fall Zone
More than 70 percent of the accidents that occur on playgrounds are actually from falling. The problem with most playground surfaces is that they don’t absorb impacts presenting risks of injury for children. These include concussions and even bone fractures. Fortunately for you, synthetic turf is actually designed with a revolutionary FallSoft technology that provides additional cushioning or protection against any impact that occurred from more than five feet.
Most playground surfaces tend to have an elevated gap between the play area and the walkway beside it. Because of this, children leaving the playground trip on their way out. Synthetic turf addresses this by creating an even surface between the play area and the walkway so your child would not trip when you call out to them to come back inside the house.
For all these reasons, consider utilizing synthetic turf when you build a play area for your child at home. Unlike natural lawn, synthetic turf also doesn’t require any mowing or watering so it’s absolutely easier to maintain. This way, your child will have a safe place to play, and you and your spouse can relax a little better.
Playground Injuries: Fact Sheet, cdc.gov
Concussions caused by playground accidents are on the rise, nydailynews.com
12 common playground hazards, rulesoftheplayground.com