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and once again the added play value and aesthetic appeal of using different materials in a single play space. Everyone approves of common-sense when it comes to making judgements that have a direct impact on children’s safety, therefore it is important for new play spaces to be fitted with the best safety surfacing possible, to reduce the risk of serious injury but not children’s ability to play and enjoy themselves.

As with all public facilities that are well- loved (and well-used) play spaces require continual inspection to ensure that

potential risks are discovered early and surfacing is no different. Good maintenance of a play space site will not only increase its longevity but also give added peace of mind that every reasonable effort has been made to try and prevent serious injury and allow children to keep playing freely.

API Surfacing Guide

The API will be publishing a Surfacing Guide in April 2012, which will be freely available in our resource section of the API website. 

API member companies cover the whole of the UK Keith Dalton, Technical Director for the Register of Play Inspectors International, has these top surfacing tips:

 Ensure you choose the correct surface for your playground, there are many different types available but not all types will suit all playgrounds.

 Use a surfacing material with the correct impact-attenuating properties relative to the height of the equipment.  Ensure that you have the correct area of surfacing for the equipment in the playground.  Ensure that the surface is subjected to the same inspection regime as the equipment, it plays an important factor in the safe use of the area.

 Act upon maintenance recommendations following any inspection and ensure that any damage to surfacing is repaired as quickly as possible.

 Use a reputable API-registered company for the installation of the surfacing.  Ensure that the surfacing is correctly certificated by the installers; all reputable companies should supply you with a copy of their certificate and an accompanying report.

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