What's the safest surface?
Loose Materials correctly installed to the manufactures instructions are as safe and much cheaper than the "pour in" type of impact absorbing surface. Sand, bark, wood or rubber chips all work well. However, loose materials will need raking out and topping up now and again.
Falling from Height
Most accidents are caused by falls from slides, climbing frames and swings, etc. So if you are thinking of adding play structures at a fall height of 1500mm or over you will need to pay more attention to the surface of the play area under and around these play structures.
information about Impact Absorbing Surfaces
This research paper prepared for the UK Health and Safety Executive by Professor David Ball (http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/) is worth reading.
Quote taken from the report "Amongst other things, it found that the effectiveness of impact absorbing surfaces in injury prevention is limited and there is little scientific evidence to support the claims made for it. Especially in long-bone fractures resulting from body weight descending on the limb or an awkward fall. It may reduce the severity of certain types of fall, for example, onto a joint. It may reduce the severity of the relatively rare head injuries".
Although trips and falls are an everyday part of the growth and development of our kids and we don't want to cover our kids in cotton wool before sending them out to play in the garden. This should not mean we would not want to make our gardens children friendly.
Falling from Height
According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of accidents, the most common accidents are caused from falling from slides, climbing frames, swings, etc. So if you are thinking of adding play structures where a child is playing at a fall height of 1500mm or over you will need to pay more attention to the surface of the play area under and around these play structures. More about suitable playground surfaces on this page.
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Grass with at least 150mm of sub soil is a very suitable surface for falls up to a height of 1500mm.
Grass is popular choice for children's play areas in the garden because it is a natural material and has some strong developmental value for children, especially if mixed with wild flower seeds.
Allowing the grass to grow longer helps to retain moisture in the soil, keeping the surface softer and safer. During dry spells the turf can break up so it's a good ideal to keep it watered.
In freezing weather the turf can become quite hard, meaning the Kids may have to give it a miss until it thaws out. Although a study did find little difference between grass, rubber and bark in freezing conditions.
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Grass grows through the rubber mats and can be mowed!