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

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

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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

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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

Interlocking zip or tongue-and-groove tiles?

When considering rubber flooring for your playground, sports ground or terrace, usually one has to choose between tiles with profiled or non-profiled edges. One thing is sure: for above-mentioned areas, it is always better to choose a profiled tile.

 

Both connection systems, the interlocking zip and the tongue and groove are advantageous. Not only do they help with the installation but, more importantly, reduce problems such as tile shifting, shrinking, cupping, or open joints. Non-profiled rubber tiles belonging to FS series are cheaper but even careful installation with edging and glueing won’t completely eliminate these problems. Continue reading