Almost half of all playground injuries that require an emergency room visit are the result of a fall from playground equipment. Children are also injured when they collide with other children in play areas, often due to there being inadequate space around/between play equipment.
By ensuring proper use zones around equipment and fall protection under equipment, many of these injuries can be prevented. For example, the odds of being injured from a playground fall on an impact absorbing surface are less than half compared to falling on a non-impact absorbing surface.
The “walkthrough” that follows will provide information and guidelines on use zones and fall protection, and also provides links to useful resources.