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Keep Your Child Safe on Commercial Playground Equipment

January 9th, 2017 by

Going to the community playground can be lots of fun for children of all ages. They get to meet up with friends, make new ones, and explore all the park has to offer. However, commercial playground equipment can be dangerous if not used properly. Just by following a few of these simple steps, you can keep you child safe at the playground.Commercial Playground Equipment - PlayNLearn.com

  • Make sure your kids are dressed properly for the playground. Closed toed shoes, comfortable clothes that can get dirty, and no jewelry should all be part of your child’s playground wardrobe.
  • Be sure they playground your child is playing on is age appropriate. Many injuries occur because children are playing on equipment that is too advanced for them.
  • Check the commercial play equipment for any damages or pests. Also, inclement weather can cause problems as well, so know what your local weather forecast expects.
  • Simply talk to your children about the expectations of playing on the playground. By supervising and talking to them, you take the most effective step in keeping them safe.

Keeping your children safe at the local playground is easy to do and will benefit everyone in the long run. For more on playground safety and products, visit us at PlayNLearn.com.

Signs your Playground Should be Replaced

December 21st, 2016 by

Age, wear and weather often take a toll on any outdoor equipment or furniture. Before your children dash outside to spend time in the backyard, you want to make sure your residential or commercial playground equipment is safe.

When you recognize any of these signs of damage, it’s time for maintenance:

Open S-hooks on Swings – These can occur either at the top of the swing or by the seat. If these start to open, the chains can come apart and cause accidents. When the hooks by the seat open, they can also rip clothes or cause cuts.

Exposed Screws – As paint and plastic wear down over time, the barriers that protect screws from dangerously protruding can start to fade. These can catch clothes and cause scrapes.swing-1715552_1280

Visible Rust – Metal equipment wears faster than other material and can break where smaller joints or chains are in place. Rust-damaged edges can also become sharp and hazardous to play.

Missing or Broken Parts- Usually caused by extreme weight, rough-housing or other disturbances can cause parts of your playground to break and/or the structure can start to lose its integrity. Check to see if any of the handles, ladder steps, swing parts, gate posts or monkey bars are broken, loose or missing.

Damaged Wood – For playgrounds with wooden parts, it’s important to check for places where there could be splintering or cracking.  This not only can shows signs of age, but any possible insects or pests that might be damaging the equipment.

Whether you are repairing the swingset you already have, installing rubber mulch to cushion falls, or replacing all of your residential or commercial playground equipment, make sure you address these problems before someone gets hurt. Visit PlayNLearn.com for ideas and services to help make your play space safer!

 

Why Communal Playgrounds are Great for Your Kids

November 8th, 2016 by

Whether it’s a playground at school or the local park, some parents are hesitant about communal playgrounds. Playgrounds with commercial playground equipment are beneficial to children for a number of reasons. Here’s why:Commercial Playground

Age appropriate equipment assists physical development. Children who play on playgrounds made for their age group explore and learn new physical skills. Children can enhance their climbing, hand eye, and other coordination skills while playing on age appropriate equipment.

Playgrounds are great for social development. Children who play on communal playgrounds with their peers pick up on social cues and learn more about how to interact with others. Skills like sharing, collaboration, and imaginative play are all things that children learn while on the playground.

Early play enforces other lifelong benefits. Children who find that they enjoy playing on the playground may develop a habit of daily play. This keeps them active and healthy. Additionally, children can develop self-confidence when conquering new play structures. For instance, if they once found the rope bridge at the park scary, if they try it on their own and succeed, they develop the confidence to try new things and believe in their abilities.

Having your children play on commercial play equipment fosters a number of fantastic, lifelong benefits. For more information on playground equipment for your home, school, or commercial property, visit PlayNLearn.com.

 

Does Your Playground Need a New Swingset?

September 22nd, 2016 by

commercial playground equipmentParks, schools, and communities in general should have a quality outdoor environment for children of all ages to go, make friends and stay active. Commercial playground equipment helps build communities, it enriches the lives of children and families, and it allows everyone to have fun together. If you need playground equipment for your school or park in DC, Maryland, or Virginia, Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores are the area’s exclusive supplier of Superior International Industries playground equipment.

Since 1986, Play N’ Learn has worked with churches, schools, daycare centers and preschool facilities to offer design, site work, and installation of playground equipment. Our services have also been provided to apartment complexes and neighborhood communities in Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. If you would like commercial playground equipment in these areas, look no further than Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores for safe, high-quality equipment and swingset installation.

As proud members of the ASTM, IPEMA, and CPSCO, our play structures are guaranteed to exceed industry standards. We have plenty of great structural choices to choose from with swings, slides, jungle gyms, and other swingset accessories like steering wheels, rock walls, trapeze bars, monkey bars, and more. You can trust our expertise in providing safe playground equipment for you and your children to enjoy. Visit our Columbia, MD or Chantilly, VA store locations or contact us through our website at PlayNLearn.com today.

A History of the Playground: Part Two

September 9th, 2013 by

Young boy playing on a playground climbing wallIn our last post, we talked about the beginnings of the modern playground in America. This week, we’ll bring you up to speed to today’s playground movement.

Playgrounds Get Safer (and More Fun)
As playgrounds became a selling point for fast food restaurants, parks, and schoolyards, the business of playground manufacturing took off. As play equipment became more popular and common around every corner, safety regulations soon caught up. Potentially unsafe equipment was modified, and certain structures like climbing domes soon left most play areas due to risk of injury.

With new and improved safety features and more technology on the playground’s side, we can now offer features like shock-absorbing rubber mulch, strong, durable redwood on our playsets, and safety nets and padding on our trampolines. Not to mention, all of these years of kids playing have helped the playground industry develop some pretty cool new additions, like rope ladders, climbing walls, and tons of accessories that add to the play experience.

The Research is in
We now know after looking at the research that these add ons aren’t just for extra fun—playing on a playground can actually have many benefits besides putting a smile on your face. Playgrounds help promote healthy physical and mental development in children, including improving coordination and cooperation skills. The health benefits of playgrounds even extend to children with autism.

The New Playground
Just like when concept of the playground began gaining traction in America in the beginning of the 20th century, community organizers today still believe that the benefits of play are critical for children. Where access to playgrounds is scarce due to ill-maintained equipment or unsafe streets, new programs come in with solutions.

One of these movements is the pop-up playground. Neighborhood leaders section off a street on a certain day and promote play for all ages and try to teach kids sustainable habits. Charity groups also step in where playgrounds are needed most, securing the funds and materials to ensure all children have the opportunity to play.

As we learn more and more about the benefits playgrounds have on kids and their communities, the future of the playground is bound to be bright. Stop by your local playground with your kids and see what the all the talk is about—odds are good you’ll all leave a little bit happier!

A History of the Playground, Part One

August 22nd, 2013 by

A History of the Playground, Part OneIt’s hard to remember a time when playgrounds weren’t the norm. Today, any park or schoolyard without one would be lacking. You may be surprised to know, then, that the idea of the modern playground hasn’t been around for that long, although it has gone through substantial changes since its beginnings. Read on to learn more about the history of the playground.

Origins

Many of the components found on today’s playgrounds developed long before the origins of the modern concept of the playground. In fact, swings have been seen in ancient Greek art dating back to the 5th Century B.C., and much art since then has included people playing on swings. Other items like ladders, captain’s wheels, and telescopes existed for functional purposes and were later pieced together to make a fun playground experience.

Development

Although the first playgrounds as we know them originated in Europe in the mid-1850’s, the first American playground did not open until 1887 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Both parents and civic leaders quickly realized that playgrounds had an essential role in their communities. President Theodore Roosevelt spoke out for the need for playgrounds, stating that city streets were an unsafe place for play and backyards were too small. He believed play was a fundamental need for children, and that it was important to have playgrounds in all cities within walking distance of all children.

Playgrounds began popping up all over the country throughout the early decades of the 1900s, with seesaws, climbing structures, and more. By this point, it was generally agreed upon that playgrounds promoted development of social skills and physical coordination. The spontaneous play that happened on a playground was proving to be hugely beneficial for children’s development.

With this realization came more commercial development, and thus the business of play was born. Corporations like McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants capitalized on the popularity of playgrounds, and big box manufacturers started cashing in on the new craze—but not without consequence. Stay tuned for our next post about the next phase in the playground’s history!

Charity Efforts to Build Public Playgrounds

December 12th, 2012 by

Charity efforts to build public playgrounds.You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thinks that there should be fewer playgrounds for children. But with public funds spread thin in many communities, positive feelings toward playgrounds don’t always translate into enough playgrounds being built. That’s why some communities have taken matters into their own hands and created charities with the express purpose of building public playgrounds.

In the spirit of the holiday season, read on for some examples of public playgrounds created by charity efforts and the basics on how it happens.

Tillery Park Playground

In 2007, the Friends of Tillery Park came together as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to help fill a void they saw in the Fort Worth community—a public playground for Tillery Park. By recruiting playground designers, fundraising, and rallying volunteers to help with the planning and construction of the playground, the Friends of Tillery Park were able to raise over $175,000 and use the help of 1,200 volunteers to construct a new playground.

KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is a national non-profit founded to promote play spaces for children across America. Their mission is to solve the “Play Deficit,” described as a lack of play that causes children physical, intellectual, social, and emotional harm, manifested in obesity, ADHD, violence, stunted creative development, lack of green spaces, and more.

KaBOOM! has built over 2,000 playgrounds throughout the country since it built its first playground in 1995. By partnering with corporations, foundations, individuals, and local communities, KaBOOM! raises the funds and support it needs to build play spaces in communities that need them most.

Playground Builders

Not all charity playground building efforts happen on US soil. Playground Builders is an organization dedicated to building playgrounds in war-torn areas, providing safe places for children to play. Since their beginnings in 2007 they have built about 20 playgrounds per year. Playground Builders contracts local workers and uses local supplies in these communities in order to promote their economies and workforces.

How to Get Involved

Many grants are available through corporations and local governments—a large list of them is available here, on the Rules of the Playground website. Organizations like KaBOOM! go where they’re needed to help build playgrounds, but you can also replicate this on a smaller level by teaming up with community partners. Through donations and volunteer efforts, your community can build its own playground.

Through charity efforts, many underserved communities now have great playgrounds for children who need them most.

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How Safe is Your Local Playground?

August 31st, 2012 by

How safe is your local playground?The public playground can be a great place to let your children unwind and play with other kids in the neighborhood, but it can also be rife with hidden dangers. The federal government recommends certain criteria for public playgrounds to follow in order to be as safe as possible. Read on for some of these safety precautions to see if your local playground is safe or potentially hazardous.

Soft surfaces

Most injuries that children will get at the playground involve falling, so it’s important that your kids are playing on the right surfaces. Hard surfaces like concrete, blacktop, packed ground or grass will not protect your child in the event of a fall. Look for play equipment surrounded by deep footing—at least 12 inches of wood chips, mulch, sand, or pea gravel are recommended, unless the playground uses safety-tested mats. This surfacing should extend 6 feet from all play equipment. Around swings, the distance should increase to twice the height of the swings.

Proper maintenance

Be sure to check your playground equipment for proper upkeep. Watch for protruding bolts, open “S” hooks, and other dangerous hardware. All equipment should be sturdy and firmly bolted down. If it seems like no one has been looking after your local playground, it’s possible that there are hidden safety issues with the equipment.

Age appropriate activities

Playgrounds draw groups of kids of very different ages, and as you know, your toddler has much different playing needs than your nine year old. A great playground will have diverse set of activities for all age groups, but barring that, you should make sure that your children are not faced with playsets that are unsafe for their age group.

Guardrails

All raised platforms on playsets should have guardrails to prevent falls. It’s recommended that for pre-school age children, any platforms more than 20 inches off the ground should have guardrails. For school age children, any platform 30 inches or higher should have guardrails.

Recommended play equipment

There are a few types of equipment that frequently cause accidents and therefore aren’t recommended for public playgrounds. These include: Heavy swings like those made to look like animals, glider swings, and ropes that can fray or make a loop should be avoided—all ropes should be anchored to the ground to avoid children getting caught. Lastly, hanging rings and trapeze bars are not recommended as they are technically athletic equipment and thus pose more risk to your child’s play.

One way to control for these factors is to bring the playground to your backyard with a playset from Play N Learn’s Playground Superstore! You’ll be able to ensure that your child is as safe as possible while playing on a fun and interesting playset, like our Woodplay and Play N’ Learn Play Systems.

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