Playground Surfacing Fall-Zone & Fall-Height for Seesaws
Seesaws are great for children to practice balancing, communication, and cooperation with each other. They have a simple design that is easily integrated into any playground site and is still popular with the kids. Fulcrum seesaws are not recommended for children aged 2-5, but spring centered seesaws can be used by preschoolers. Seesaws consists of a fulcrum or a spring, a board, and a pole. Seesaws also need to have handrails but they should not extend beyond the edges of the seats or be able to rotate at all when grabbed. Foot rests should not be included in this kind of equipment. The seesaw should not allow the seat to reach a height of over 5’ and the maximum angle that should be attainable between the ground and the board is 25 degrees. Seesaws should always have the proper shock absorbing FallZone Playground Safety Surfacing under & around the equipment. Lets take a look at the Fall-Zone & Fall-Height of a seesaw.
Fall-Zone for Seesaws Playground Surfacing
The fall-zone for should extend 6 feet from each outside edge of the seesaw, but the fall-zone can overlap with other equipment in certain, specific circumstances, granted that the other equipment also allows for overlapping in its fall zone. The area around the seat of the seesaw needs to have a safe place to land, especially in case of a fall. Shock absorbing materials like the FallZone Poured-in-Place playground surface needs to be incorporated under the seats of the seesaw. This prevents injuries and cushions the child’s impact with the ground as they use the equipment.
Fall-Height for Seesaws Playground Surfacing
The fall height also needs to be taken into consideration with Seesaws. The fall height is the distance between the highest point the seat of the element can reach and the ground. The height of the equipment, size, and distance to other playground structures also needs to be dependent on the age groups that are most likely to use the equipment.
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