In this blog, we’re going to outline the importance of playground equipment safety and demonstrate how we meet the safety standards.
The Importance Of Safe Playground Equipment
Play is essential. It contributes to a child’s development and allows them to learn and grow. Playground equipment encourages children to develop their physical and emotional strength. It also enables them to improve their social and communication skills. Play also enhances children’s intellectual development and inspires creativity.
Playground equipment should be stimulating, inclusive, accessible and above all, SAFE. Here at Discovering Days, we put playground equipment safety at the forefront of everything we do.
Is Wooden Playground Equipment Safe?
Wooden playground equipment has many benefits. As well as being sustainable and environmentally friendly, wooden playground equipment is also incredibly safe.
Wooden playground equipment is durable and sturdy. And unlike metal playground equipment, wooden equipment is not cold to touch. Nor does it get uncomfortably hot during the summer months. It provides a comfortable and safe playing environment for children of all ages.
Here at Discovering Days, we use Scandinavian Redwood Timber. Our timber undergoes a high-pressure vacuum process using the latest TANALITH preservatives. This provides long term protection against wood decay and insect attack. The vacuum process protects the timber from rot for up to 60 years.
Can Children Get Splinters From Wooden Playground Equipment?
At Discovering Days, our wooden playground equipment is made with love and care. All of our play equipment is meticulously finished to guarantee that there’s no chance of injuries through splinters or nails. Also, unlike metal playground equipment, wood will never rust. Rust can lead to sharp edges that can damage a child’s delicate skin.
Are Harsh Chemicals Used On Wooden Playground Equipment?
Because wood is a natural product, it requires special types of treatment. But here at Discovering Days, we only use non-toxic treatments on our products. We understand the importance of creating safe playground equipment, which is why we would never use harsh or harmful chemicals on our products.
Our non-toxic wood is far better for children than most plastics or heavily-varnished woods.
Meeting Playground Equipment Safety Standards
The British and European Standard for playground equipment is BS EN 1176. BS EN 1176 has numerous parts, including general safety requirements and test methods.
There are also:
- Specific safety requirements and test methods for swings, slides, runways, carousels and rocking equipment
- Guidance for installation, inspection, maintenance and operation
- Specific safety requirements and test methods for fully enclosed play equipment
- Specific safety requirements and test methods for spatial networks
Here at Discovering Days, we pride ourselves on health and safety. This is why we choose to follow the recommended safety regulations even though there is no requirement for us to be EN1176 accredited.
Putting Playground Equipment Safety First
Children should be able to play freely without fear of getting injured or hurt. A playground should a safe, welcoming space for any child.
We believe that taking a caring approach is the best way to produce high-quality, safe playground equipment. With that in mind, we ensure that each piece of equipment is thoroughly checked for safety purposes. We measure every hole, nook and cranny to ensure that little fingers, toggles or hair cannot get stuck.
Every feature of our playground equipment is carefully considered and double-checked to ensure that it is safe. Any gaps are filled with specialised tools to prevent little hands or fingers from getting stuck. We also ensure that crawl spaces are big enough for anyone to get through.
Our wooden playground equipment is reinforced so that it safely supports adults. We understand that some children, particularly in SEN schools, prefer the support of an adult when playing.
Another way that we guarantee playground equipment safety is by assembling the wooden playground equipment in our factory before delivering it. So, you will have complete peace of mind that the playground equipment has been manufactured and assembled by professionals who put safety first.
Get In Touch
If you are looking for safe wooden playground equipment or would like more information about playground equipment safety, we can help. At Discovering Days, we design, and manufacture quality outdoor playground equipment made out of robust timber.
Our range of playground equipment is made with love and care to ensure the utmost safety and durability. We also pride ourselves on meeting all playground equipment safety standards.
Alternatively, we can design and manufacture the perfect playground equipment for your school or nursery with our bespoke option.
You can contact us here for more information or you can call us on 01282 416 755 to discuss any of our products.
Our staff are all fully trained in the design and manufacture of wooden play equipment for children and are experts in understanding what works best in the space you have. We have worked with a range of schools in the past and understand the challenges that come with creating playground equipment for children of all abilities.