A safe fun area under any playground equipment

WARCO rubber safety mats ensure fall protection under playground equipment in schoolyards and kindergartens.

Fall protection on public playgrounds is a crucial property when we think about kids who adore swings and slides and spend hours on end climbing towers and monkey bars.

Safety should be the decisive factor when choosing an appropriate flooring for any play area, especially under playground equipment. That’s why the law stipulates that such playground flooring must comply with the EN 1177 standard on all playgrounds that are accessible to the public. WARCO rubber tiles are an ideal solution to meet these requirements. They create a child-friendly and protective, injury-free floor ready for the wildest fun ideas and the most extreme games in every weather conditions.
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Impact area and critical fall height (EN1177)

How to calculate the area on a playground which should be covered with safety flooring because a child might fall on it (impact area)?
How to define a critical fall height according to EN1177 standard on various types of playground surfacing (rubber flooring and loose fill materials)?
In this entry you will find the answer to these crucial questions, particularly for those who plan a playground or a play area, no matter if it’s for private or public use.

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Building a kindergarten playing field

Warco sports floor tiles on a kindergarten sports ground

A kindergarten sports ground


“Kita Regenbogen” kindergarten sent us some photos of how they built a playing field for the kids. It turned out great – congratulations to the whole team!

A playing field which looks fantastic and will last for years, built from scratch by a kindergarten association from the outskirts of Berlin’s outskirts. They used Warco sports floor tile TZ40 and elastic kerb RV51 to edge the field. The area was built level with the ground, to avoid trip hazard and to secure the grid. Continue reading

Interlocking rubber pavers on play and sports areas

interlocking rubber pavers are a clever alternative for play streets

Resilient and sturdy surface made of rubber pavers

Rubber pavers is a good alternative for play and sports areas: being sturdier than safety tiles, interlocking rubber pavers are needed on areas accessible by vehicles, such as play streets, courtyards and pedestrian areas.

Rubber pavers by WARCO have the same shape as traditional concrete pavers and actually can be used in combination with them. Unlike concrete pavers, however, rubber pavers provide a resilient flooring on which children can safely play. Continue reading

Impact protection tiles for playground surfaces

Impact protection tiles on a playground with equipment of 2 m fall height

A playground secured with impact protection tiles

Impact protection (also called fall protection) is a crucial property of playground safety tiles. It should be the main factor when choosing safety floor for any play area.

Neither grass nor sand provide impact protection, not to mention bare, trodden ground. That such a play area is a great hazard to the safety of children, is stating the obvious. According to the EU playground safety norm (EN 1177), playground surface should provide appropriate impact protection (fall attenuation). It is can be easily attained by installing impact protection tiles. Continue reading

How to build a low-maintenance football field in your neighbourhood?

An amateur football field in the park is paved with WARCO safety mats.

Football field paved with WARCO sports floor mats

Amateur football pitch paved with permanently elastic rubber flooring lasts for decades and saves you time and money on the maintenance.

As much as the kids would love to kick the ball, the weather in our climate is not too generous for them. Grass football fields way too often turn into muddy ground, unless carefully maintained, which is expensive and time-consuming. Continue reading

10 simple things you can do to make your backyard a safer place

Fall-absobing rubber flooring and a rubber swing seat to prevent accidents in your backyard

Safety flooring under a backyard swing set

Unfortunately, most children’s injuries happen at home, supposedly the safest place for a kid to be. Follow these guidelines to make sure your backyard is a safe environment for them! Continue reading

Safety mats under climbing and bouldering walls

Fall-attenuating safety tiles are a must under climbing and bouldering walls indoors and outdoors.

Climbing wall secured with WARCO safety flooring

Protective mats under climbing walls is a basic safety requirement which reduces the risk of injuries when landing or jumping onto the ground. Safety mats is the most efficient fall protection system for indoor and outdoor climbing walls.

Safety mats obviously won’t replace other safety measures required especially for professional climbing or bouldering walls. Without them, though, successful climbing might end in pain and injury. Continue reading

How to turn a muddy backyard into a perfect outdoor basketball court? Safety tiles will do the job – cheap and fast.

A safe and all-weather basketball court paved with rubber safety tiles.

An outdoor basketball court paved with WARCO safety tiles.

I think basketball is one of the best American inventions. With extremely simple means you can have a great family time on your backyard basketball court. Or wind down after a long day by shooting ball alone.

But – do you also feel that the weather plays a dirty trick on you whenever you want to play basketball? If it’s not raining, it has been raining for the last few days, so the ground is muddy and slippery. Let’s be honest – playing in the mud is not that pleasant when you’re not 12 anymore!  Continue reading

Rain again? That’s not a problem if your playroom is an adventure playground!

Playroom mats made of rubber granulate (safety mats) are safe and children-friendly indoor flooring

A playroom with no limits is the kids’ dream. You are going to love this playroom, too, because there won’t be an inch of hard floor which can harm your pupils when they run riot.

Just like on a playground, the playroom or play corner which is in your charge must be paved with safety flooring. It has to cushion the impact of falls from a given maximal fall height. It is not enough to put some mattresses under a climbing frame because mattresses shift and are in no way fixed to the floor! Continue reading