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PEM Surfaces - Building beautiful, functional playground surfaces that absorb shock and protect children is our business.

PEM Surfaces - Building beautiful, functional playground surfaces that absorb shock and protect children is our business.
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  • ==== ====PEM Surfaces - Building beautiful, functional playground surfaces that absorb shock and protectchildren is our business.http://www.pemsurface.com/playgrounds.html==== ====Safety is one of the most important aspects when it comes down to playgrounds for children. All ofthe equipment on the playground must be safety approved, and meet strict guidelines andrequirements to guarantee minimal injuries during playtime. Playground surfaces should not be anexception. When choosing playground surfaces, the safety that each material offers should be oneof the main considerations.While there are many different playground surfaces available on the market for those constructinga playground, different playground surfaces possess their own advantages in hosting a safeenvironment. Among all the surfaces, rubber mats have become one of the most popular choicesas they limit the amount of potential dangers around.Similar to loose-filled materials the rubber mats are shock absorbers, and are great materials forenvironments that may experience earthquakes. In addition, they provide exceptional padding forfalls and will limit the amount of injuries experienced; this soft padding will prevent a large amountof broken bones, sprained tendons and bruises experienced by the children playing on itssurfaces. Remember that some children play rough.Rubber mats provide an additional safety benefit that loose-filled materials cannot. Sand,shredded rubber and wooden chips can easily conceal dangerous items within their depths. Glassshards, pins and needles can easily be hidden among the content, and is extremely difficult tospot. In addition, loose-filled surfaces cannot be installed on top of hard surfaces, and willcompress over time creating a harder surface than before. If it is not constantly renewed, theharder surface can also pose as a danger.The flat surface of rubber mats allow dangers to be easily spotted, and for easier access for thechildren. There is less of a probability that children will trip over any obstacles when they arerunning around. This provides a huge convenience for them. Handicapped children who requirewheelchairs or crutches will also vouch that rubber mat playground surfaces as more convenientand accessible.The texture of playground surfaces is an aspect to question. Sand and wooden chips have acoarse texture to their surfaces that can scrape a childs skin easily. In fact, many small scrapesand injuries are caused by the playgrounds surface. Wooden chips are notorious for theirsplinters. One wrong move and a child will experience tens of splinters lodged into their skin.Sandy surfaces when wet become hard and coarse. All in all, loose-filled surfaces provide apotential where children can injure one another. Rubber mats, on the other hand, provide asmooth surface that lasts a good while.
  • The hygiene provided by rubber mat surfaces alone is a great added benefit. Sand and woodenchips have been known to harbor dirt as it is harder to clean. Rubber matted surfaces can beeasily wiped or hosed down.Among the playground surfaces available on the market, rubber mats are definitely in the lead fortheir safety, and are highly recommended by many. While the price for installation may be a tadmore expensive than the loose-filled materials, they require less renewals and maintenance overtime. In addition, this type of surface has great durability, and will last for a long time to come.Daryl Green has been involved in the internet since 1986 and as a father has taken his son tomany a playground. His interest in playground safety surfaces developed from being an active dadand being married to a leisure and recreation professional who in the past has designed playparksfor a living. His website is http://www.playground-surfaces.info and you can take a look now to findout more about the subject.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Daryl_J_Green==== ====PEM Surfaces - Building beautiful, functional playground surfaces that absorb shock and protectchildren is our business.http://www.pemsurface.com/playgrounds.html==== ====