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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Installation of rubber pavers – video

Interlocking pavers by Warco – not only for play areas!

A video showing how easy the installation of rubber interlocking pavers is, presented by the talking horse :)

Rubber pavers are suitable not only for stable alleys, but also for play surfaces where a robust flooring is needed, for example areas with vehicle access – backyards, car ports, pedestrian areas, play streets, driving range on a golf course. They combine elasticity and fall protection with sturdiness.

A checklist for a safe playground surface

DIY installation of playground rubber mats - a guideline for a safe playground surface

Did you know that, with only basic DIY skills, you can build a professional playground surface with safety tiles, by yourself? Just follow this checklist! (And maybe ask a friend to help you :) )

 

Plan your playground / play area / sports ground carefully – measure the area and the height of planned equipment.

Prepare the subfloor: if the existing surface is concrete, asphalt or other bound (“hard”) subfloor, make sure it is fairly flat and rain water drains away (2 – 3% incline). In case it is uneven, try to level it with a fast-setting filler. If your existing subfloor is unbound, for example lawn/grass, or topsoil, your future playground surface will be much more durable if you prepare a compacted grit bedding before installing the tiles. Continue reading

Leave “play” to the kids. Leave “ground” to the professionals.

Playground surface paved with Warco rubber safety tiles guarantees safe and exciting play for the kids.

Your playground doesn’t have to be the coolest in the neighbourhood. It doesn’t need to have the most complex equipment – the kids need much less than you think to build kingdoms and have a blast. The only thing you have to think about is their safety.

 

What is “safety flooring”, then? There are 2 norms in the UE that regulate the issues of playground safety – EN1176 is about playground equipment, EN1177 refers to playground surfacing, also called safety flooring. These regulations do not precisely state which surface is appropriate, yet it is clearly said that such a flooring shall provide the necessary fall protection from a certain height (called maximal or critical fall height). This means that if a child can fall from 2 metres (because this is the highest point of the climbing frame, for example), the floor should absorb the impact of this fall, preventing from an accident with lasting consequences (especially head injuries). Head Injury Criterion is used to calculate these values. Continue reading