Children’s play structures and equipment should not only be fun and enjoyable to use, but they must also help prevent injury from falls. While all of Aarons Educational Play Equipment meet Australian standards for construction, you should also consider the following safety recommendations when designing your play area.
Let our experts help you plan your play area to include these important components.
Safe Fall Zones & Impact Areas
For any points on your equipment where a potential fall may be over 600mm, a 1500mm clearance zone is required from all points of equipment.
Keeping the children in mind, Aarons Landscaping recommends a clearance area this size at all times. Additional clearance areas are needed around specialized equipment, such as slides, which require a 2000mm clearance zone. These clearance areas ensure children won’t sustain an unnecessary injury in case of a fall, and provide ample room to assist a child in case of injury.
For play equipment which causes a forced movement, like swings and slides, or around any equipment with a fall height of over 600mm, you are required to provide an attenuating surfacing over the entire impact area.
Attenuating surfaces cushion impact and spread the force of any fall over a greater area. This will help prevent major injury and lessen the impact on a child of any type of fall. At Aarons Landscaping, we recommend a minimum of 250mm of compacted loose fill under play structures to meet this safety standard. Loose fill material, usually soft fall and sand, must have an impact absorbing certificate, and we can help ensure your loose fill meets all safety standards.
Another option to loose fill is rubber surfacing, which has an Impact Attenuating Rating determined by the thickness of the rubber used. We recommended that loose fill or synthetic grass be installed on top of rubber surfaces near slides, swings and other forced-movement play equipment.