Pro Techs Surfacing cares greatly about the safety of everyone, especially the children that play on the playgrounds that use our exceptional surfaces. So much so that Pro Techs sought out external approval. The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) provides a Third Party Certification Service by a designated independent laboratory. Pro-Techs Surfacing has received written validation from the independent laboratory that its surfacing conforms to the requirements of the independent standard. When you choose Pro Techs, you can be sure that you are choosing to protect your children’s safety, which is especially important in this day and age, when playground injuries are increasingly serious and rampant. In this blog post, Pro Techs explores the most common playground injuries and how you can stop them from happening to your kids.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently released a report on playground injury statistics. The report entails the devastating fact that each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. About 45 percent of these injuries are severe, including: fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations and amputations. Even worse, between 1990 and 2000, 147 children ages 14 and younger died from playground-related injuries. With that said, playground safety is an incredibly important aspect of creating a playground, as the stipulations are sobering. Additionally upsetting, a study in New York City found that playgrounds in low-income areas had more maintenance-related hazards than playgrounds in high-income areas. For example, playgrounds in low-income areas had significantly more trash, rusty play equipment and damaged fall surfaces. That is why it’s such an important part of Pro Techs Surfacing’s commitment to provide safe, cost-effective surfaces. We believe every child deserves to have the fun, nurturing, quintessential experience of playing on a playground while making sure their physical safety is protected.
Some of the most ways kids get injured on a playground include: Cuts from exposed metal on slides, falls from swings with defective chains, injuries from structures with missing pieces, crushed/amputated limbs from equipment with pinch hazards, spaces large enough for children’s heads to get stuck, abrasions or puncture wounds from exposed nails or screws, a falling surface that’s too hard, platforms and ramps without proper guardrails and playground equipment with dangerous strings or ropes (strangulation hazards). These unsafe conditions lead to cuts, broken bones, blisters, splinters, split lips, bloody noses, black eyes, sprains, friction burns, knocked out teeth and worst of all, head injuries. However, a lot of these ailments can be prevented if the aforementioned safety concerns are addressed. This can be done by ensuring the playground equipment and materials you use for the construction of your playground is of the highest quality. Where surfacing is concerned, look no further than Pro Techs Surfacing to be sure that your children or the children of members of your organization, church or school are protected, safe and have fun!