Did you know that rubber mulch is the safest playground surface with a fall height rating of 16+ feet? For those that use wood mulch the fall height rating is a mere 7 feet which could lead to more injuries for little ones on the playground.
In a recent study by The American Academy of Pediatrics titled “Playground injuries are on the rise; more children treated for traumatic brain injuries despite industry improvements” they state:
“The number of children treated in emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries sustained at a playground increased significantly between 2005 and 2013. On average, more than 21,100 children age 14 and younger were treated for traumatic brain injuries annually over a 12-year period, according to the report, “Nonfatal Playground-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Children, 2001-2013.” The report found that about two-thirds of the injuries occurred at schools and recreational sports facilities. More than half of the children treated were between ages 5 and 9, according to the study. The research documented a total annual average of 214,883 playground injuries over the same period. Monkey bars, playground gyms and swings were the most frequently reported equipment associated with a traumatic brain injury. The study recommends that strategies be developed to strengthen adult supervision, reduce child risk behavior, maintain equipment, and improve playground surfaces and environments.”
Loose-fill rubber mulch may cost more at the start than wood mulch but over time the savings continues to add up while the injuries continue to fall.
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