- Safety Floor under swings, playground equipment
- Rapra Tested with a critical fall height of 3m!
- Used by councils up and down the UK
- Grass grows through the rubber mats and can be mowed!
- I use it these days instead of the loose stuff.
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DEPTH GUIDELINES for rubber chipping used to surface a play area.
These are an average of the depth guidelines given by selected manufacturers of play rubber chippings. Always work to the advice given by the rubber chipping supplier you choose.
For fall heights up to 1.4m, use at a depth of 50mm. At this depth, 1 x cubic metre bag (500kg) or 50 polybags will cover approximately 20 square metres.
For fall heights over 1.4m and up to 1.9m, use at a depth of 100mm. At this depth, 1 x cubic metre bag (500kg) or 50 polybags will cover approximately 10 square metres.
For fall heights over 1.9m, use at a depth of 200mm. At this depth, 1 x cubic metre bag (500kg) or 50 polybags will cover approximately 5 square metres.
How to construct a simple frame for installing a rubber chippings safe play surface.
Build a smooth timber frame to the required size or dig out a play
Make sure any rigid framework is well outside the likely area of fall
Spread landscape fabric to discourage weeds.
Follow the instructions on the bag to work out the depth required to BS EN 1177:1998 guidelines for impact absorbtion and spread the rubber chippings evenly across the whole area.
Using 10 KG bags of rubber chippings (rubber bark), you will need 2 bags per square metre to help protect your child up to a fall height of 2.3m or 4 bags per square metre for higher play equipment. Always check with the supplier for the recommended amount and depth for there particular product.
A good alternative to loose rubber chippings that I have started using is heavy-duty rubber matting, it saves making a frame and never needs topping up. Click on the link here for more product information.
How can children play safely outside without getting muddy! These rubber mats with a Rapra critical fall height of 3m rating, mean you can lay the mats around Playground Equipment knowing you are complying with BSEN 1177.
Heavy Duty Rubber mat 1.5m x 1.0m