Encouraging playground safety

Playground safety is a vital part of every play area we design. We want children to be able to enjoy all aspects of their playtime and be safe even during risky outdoor play.

With over 25 years in the business, we’ve got lots of tips and tricks for encouraging playground safety and maximising fun.

Take a look at how we’ll ensure your playground is safe, fun and a real asset to your school, business or community.

children playing on climbing equipment above playground safety surfacing

Playground surfacing

Your playground surfacing is invaluable in ensuring the continued safety of everyone who uses your play space. Our flooring solutions are hard wearing, slip resistant and often require very little maintenance. They’re designed to absorb shocks too, so if trips and falls do happen, it’ll help reduce the chances of serious injury. This is especially important around playground towers and climbing equipment.

The fantastic designers at Image Playgrounds consider your surfacing an extra space to get creative. With innovative wet pour surfacing options, we’ll make sure your flooring looks bright and enhances your theme as well as keeping children safe.

Timber equipment

We make lots of our exciting playground equipment out of quality timber. This gives the play area a more natural look but with lots of use, timber can become a little rough. During your regular maintenance of equipment, simply sand any roughness away with some sand paper to protect against little splinters and increase your playground safety.

All our timber products come with a 10 year service life guarantee. Timber posts are also guaranteed not to crack above 8mm. ROSPA guidelines state cracks must not exceed 10mm.

Keep a watchful eye

It’s important to keep an eye on what’s happening on the playground. That way, you can spot if a child is taking a risk that’s above their age and ability. Parents, guardians and teachers can step in if a risk looks too great and prevent an accident.

children in a basket swing while another pushes

playground canopy creating shade

Provide shade

Playing outside in the sunshine is a real joy for children. But, the sun’s rays can be harmful to their young skin if it hasn’t been properly protected. Our playground designs often include awnings and canopies to provide shady areas for a bit of respite from the sun.

Room for all

Part of maximising playground safety is ensuring that there is enough space for all the intended users to enjoy. Groups of children need to be able to run around and share the space without feeling cramped.

Accidents are much more likely in a space not optimised for large numbers of excitable children. Having enough room and play equipment is something we consider in every playground design.

children playing on wobble boards and climbing equipment

child walking across playground stepping stumps

Teach risk management

Risky play helps children to develop an understanding of their own abilities. They need to be able to risk manage for themselves and playtime is a key part of that development.

You can teach children about acceptable risks and encourage them to test themselves safely. Show them how to use equipment properly and to be aware of other playground users.

Get in touch

If you’d like to talk about making some updates to your current space, please get in touch. We offer free 3D designs and site surveys, prioritise playground safety, and maximise the playability and fun in every play area we work on.

Image Playgrounds offer playground design services
Free design and consultation

Interested in seeing what our designers can create for you?

Our team have years of experience planning and designing playgrounds. We can help you choose the equipment that best suits your requirements, budget and space.

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