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Protect Your Home Backyard Playground With Playground Tiles

An article over at http://www.homewiththekids.com/ talks about home playground safety via rubber tiles. It says that while about 80% of public playgrounds have some form of shock-absorbing protective surface, only about 9% of home backyard playground have the same sort of protection. [Link to full article]

This leads to about 50,000 injuries per year in the backyard playground. 69% of those injuries are directly related to not having some form of playground tiles or other form of safety flooring or rubber mulch to cushion kids from impacting a hard surface.

Most backyard playgrounds have grass or dirt as the surface. Neither of these surfaces offers enough protection against serious injury. Even a fall from as short as 30 inches can cause lacerations or fractures - and these are the most common sorts of home playground injuries according to the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission).

The post goes on to talk about the "Critical Height of Playground Equipment" and how it's vital to know what the "maximum fall height from which a life-threatening head injury would not be expected to occur". This comes from the highest point of the playground equipment that kids could play on. Now the protective rubber playground tiles or other surface you pick can be properly chosen based on that critical height.

They have a table on that post that outlines the various depths of rubber mulch or playground tiles that you would need depending on the critical height of the playground equipment. 

They also outline the many various forms of protection. Some of the loose-fill stuff includes wood chips, shredded bark mulch, pea gravel play sand, and recycled rubber mulch. The in-place surfaces in clude rubber tiles, rubber mats, rubber playground tiles, and poured-in-place surfaces.

Any way you go, it's a huge difference from having nothing at all. Each surface has it's own advantages and disadvantages, but it's a subject that's well worth your time to research.