3 Causes of Playground Injuries & How To Prevent Them

No matter what time of year it is, playgrounds are constantly busy with energy, smiles, and the excitement of children playing. When choosing playground equipment, it is vital to be aware of some potential risks and how to prevent them

Choosing a trusted supplier

When you begin your playground project, finding a trusted supplier and conducting thorough research is vital. Confirming that your playground equipment supplier is a member of a recognised play body is a smart approach to finding a trusted supplier. If they are a member of a recognised play body (for example, the Association of Play Industries), they will follow a professional code of conduct, which means they are financially secure and committed to playground safety, among other things.

Did you know that Playdale is a founder member of the API?  we believe that investment in high-quality play equipment provides a long-lasting legacy for children and communities.  Find out more about finding a quality play provider via the API here.

Meeting Safety Standards

Risk-taking occurs naturally on playgrounds, and bumps and bruises are to be expected. One way to limit the danger of more serious playground accidents and keep children safe is to ensure that the supplier you choose is accredited to European Safety Standards, specifically BSEN1176. The EN1176 playground standard is the go-to Standard for all playground equipment whether in schools, public playgrounds, or leisure areas. It protects children whilst playing and outlines best practice in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of playground equipment.

When you purchase Playdale equipment, you can be sure the equipment is compliant to BSEN1176 in its design and installation. Playdale equipment strikes the ideal balance between injury risk and exciting play opportunities.

Inspection and Maintenance

To maintain a safe playground, it is critical to do regular maintenance checks and annual inspections. Regular checks and inspections form a very important link between you, the users and the safety of your play area. They guarantee that your playground equipment is in good working order all year.  This will  decreases the risk of playground injuries caused by poorly maintained equipment.

Playdale provides a training and consultation package with an RPII Inspector to help you conduct inspections. It’s an excellent opportunity to get some useful advice on playground care. They will then spend 1 – 2 hours demonstrating to you exactly what you need to do.

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