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

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

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

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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

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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All-weather sports ground in your neighbourhood

A sports ground can be usable in all weather if you pave it with safety tiles by Warco.

Rubber safety tiles are the ideal flooring for a sports ground, for example an amateur football field or basketball court. With sports floor tiles you can build a great recreation ground in your neighbourhood on a tight budget.

 

Playing football in mud is hardly a pleasure, or basketball on a concrete court which is dry only in the summer. Kids want to play all year round, no matter if it rained or snowed. Let them have a professional, non-slip sports ground, which will be always dry and ready to use. 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