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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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

Safety tiles at a kindergarten or pre-school

Safety tiles on a kindergarten playground or playroom make it safer and accessible all year long.

Your kindergarten playground or schoolyard can look as modern and safe as this kindergarten outdoor area in Luxembourg, renovated with WARCO safety tiles.

 

Safety should be a priority at an outdoor or indoor play area at kindergarten. The flooring should absorb the impact of a possible fall from the highest point of playground equipment (critical fall height). Moreover, it should make a soft landing for kids and a pleasant playing area for toddlers. Continue reading

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Critical fall height on the playground

Critical fall heights for Warco safety tiles

Critical fall height is the maximal height from which a child might fall on the playground. See below which safety tile you should choose for your play area.

Max. fall height Suitable safety tile
110 cm NF30 or TZ30 (30 mm thick)
110 cm FS30 (35 mm thick)
150 cm NF40 or TZ40 (40 mm thick)
170 cm FS50 (50 mm thick)
240 cm FS80 (80 mm thick)
300 cm FS10 (100 mm thick)

These numbers apply to the safety tiles made of polyurethane-bonded rubber granulate by German manufacturer WARCO. Certified critical fall heights depend not only on the tile thickness but also on the granulate type, connection and underside profile, hence different values for apparently similar tiles.

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