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How Important are Safety Surfaces for Playgrounds?

Updated on July 21, 2014
safety surfacing in schools and nurseries by DCM Surfaces Ltd
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Importance of Safety Surfacing

It goes without saying that the school or nursery playground is a well-known area where children can slip, trip and fall and where serious injury can occur. As schools and nurseries become more health and safety conscious the requirement for safety surfacing is on the increase and this can dramatically reduce the number of injuries caused by a child falling onto a harder surface.

Is there a legal requirement for safety surfacing?

Believe it or not there is actually no legal requirement for schools or nurseries to use safety surfacing as part of their playgrounds although it is highly recommended by a number of highly authoritative safety organisations.

In 1993 The Department of Culture, Media and Sport advised its use in their Playground Safety Guidelines and highlighted it as one of the main features of a safe playground. Unfortunately today we are part of a claims culture and the number of claims made following playground accidents is on the increase but courts will recognise where safety surfacing has been installed and thus award any compensation more appropriately.

DCM Surfaces have been established since 1995 and have a large amount of experience within the safety surfacing industry; we have also worked with a large number of schools and nurseries delivering our high quality wet pour surfacing and rubber mulch surfacing.

All of our installations team have been CRB checked offering real peace of mind to any school or nursery that we work with. Having worked with a large number of schools and nurseries in order to give them a safe playground facility which children can learn in we have the ability to be able to deliver projects of all sizes and varying difficulty.

We realise just how important safety surfaces are for schools and nurseries a like which is why we offer our surfacing solutions both on time and on budget. The majority of our installations obviously take place within the six weeks holidays when the schools shut down for summer as this is more convenient for them.

Whenever there is a requirement to undertake the installation of our safety surfaces in school hours we adhere to strict health and safety guidelines. Our wet pour surfacing comes in a full range of colours and you have the ability to create fantastic designs in different shapes, logo and fun graphics to help provide further stimulation for the children.

What is safety surfacing made up from?

The rubber system which DCM Surfaces use actually features double layers; the porous surface is made up of a base layer which is SBR rubber and then a layer of EPDM on top which then creates the streamlined soft surface.

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