The smell of fresh loose-leaf paper, crayons, pencils and whiteboard markers is enough to cause both excitement and dejected grumbles for the start of the new school year. Since August is a busy time for those heading back to school, Direct Rubber Mulch wants to talk about a different side of playground and school ground safety. One of our key products is playground borders, but we also offer half- and full-ramps. These may just seem like a thoughtful gesture, but it goes beyond that.
Public spaces, including playgrounds, are meant to be easily accessible for people of all shapes, sizes and disabilities. The American with Disabilities Act (1990) was established to create respect and accommodate those with disabilities in relation to job searches, public accessibility, transportation and more.
Since this act covers public spaces, we offer ADA-approved ramps that are wide enough to allow a wheelchair to pass through the entrance to the desired indoor area. These textured ramps also help prevent falls. We work with many commercial spaces, such as churches and day cares, so by offering this kind of product, we are helping other businesses be considerate to every guest who visits their location as well as adhering to conditions determined by the ADA.
When a business or public area makes the decision to use recycled rubber products in their children’s play area, they are considering the environment as well as your children. Utilizing rubber mulch, rubber mats and rubber borders helps to cut down the amount of rubber piling up in landfills all across the nation.
Other governmental programs such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have supported the implementation of rubber products for playgrounds by including them as an approved surface designed to reduce child injuries due to falls[2,3]. We mentioned these supporting claims in earlier blog posts regarding playground safety and the playground’s purpose, but the main details to bear in mind from these articles is that playgrounds are areas of exciting exploration and unfortunate accidents. Children are often oblivious to safety hazards because they are still developing their connections with colors, shapes, sizes, physical abilities and their relationships to their peers. In fact, there are many resources that discuss child safety for playground caretakers to consider, but there are limited studies examining how kids consider and determine their own safety.
Recognized or not, recycled rubber products are an important consideration, whether it is from a safety-conscious point of view or an ecological perspective.
Direct Rubber Mulch is a company that provides high-quality landscaping solutions, and we work to provide schools, day cares, churches and many other locations with water-saving products. If you are interested in making the switch to recycled rubber, please call us at 1-877-884-3660 to learn more!
ADA.gov. “The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III. 15 March, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2014 from http://www.ada.gov/2010_regs.htm.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Outdoor Home Playground Safety Handbook.” 2005. Retrieved August 6, 2014 from http://www.cpsc.gov//PageFiles/122146/324.pdf.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Public Playground Safety Checklist.” 2012, August 9. Retrieved August 6, 2014 from http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/Sports-Fitness-and-Recreation/Playground-Safety/Public-Playground-Safety-Checklist/.