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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I hope you all stay safe and enjoy the holiday festivities!

I wanted to show you all a picture from the install we are finishing up in South Dakota. This structure is Skippy Squirrel Tree Fortress Play System. The structure is up and the last thing left to do is pour the surfacing!

If you like the install and are looking for something similar, just contact any of our sales associates!
Skippy Squirrel Tree Fortress install- South Dakota

Monday, October 29, 2012

New Swings!

We have been busy putting new products on our website! There are two new swing frames available now.

Elite Series Arch Post Swing
Members of the Elite Series, we are excited to introduce the Single Post swing and the Arch Post swing! Choose between blue or green for the post color. You can also just order the bays, or the bays and two belt seats and chains. Both swings stand eight feet high. The Arch Post swing is a 3.5" post and the Single Post swing is a 5" post.


Elite Series Single Post Swing
Contact our sales associates to start the quote process today! And be sure to check out our other new products.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Playground Safety for Kids

Safety of kids in the playground has always been the matter of concern for the parents. Do you also get worried about your children while they are playing outside? Here are certain things you must check in the playground to be sure of your kids' safety.

There are different types of playground equipment made of plastic, wood and metal installed in the park. Before you allow your children to play on any of the play sets, ensure that it is made of guidelines defined by International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Consider there should not be any rough surface or pointy edges in the equipment that can severely harm the kids.

The surface under and around the playground equipment should be covered with finest quality mulch like rubber mulch, pea gravel, engineered wood fiber wooden mulch and rubber mats. These provide proper cushioning to the surface and prevent the injuries from falls. Therefore, you should ensure the playground in which you are take the kids must be installed with superior quality mulch.

Do not allow your kids to get dressed in loose outfits for the playground. New York State Department of Health has also advised that these outfits should be strictly prohibited in the park as these can get stuck in metal, wood or plastic playground equipment and may cause injury to children. Also, make your kids wear sneakers with rubber soles instead of sandals or flip-flops in the playground.

For the Safety of Kids in Playground

Kids are fond of playground. Playing with other children on play sets not is only fun but also beneficial for them. But playground also brings the risk of getting injured along with the enjoyment. Here are certain things that you must take care of to avoid serious injuries to kids.

Supervise

Children usually cross the safety line in trying out their imaginations on the commercial playground equipment. Hence, you should keep an eye on your kid while he or she is playing with other children on the play sets to prevent them from getting involved in unsafe activities.

Age Appropriate

Not all play sets are made for every kid. Different factors like height and complexity are determined in the equipment after considering the age brackets. Also, National Program for Playground Safety has made it mandatory to build a separate location for equipment geared toward young children and older children. Ensure that your kid is playing on age-appropriate playground equipment.

Clothing

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated that loose clothing or clothing with drawstrings face may catch on commercial playground equipment and result into serious injury to kids. Hence, you should avoid bringing your kids dressed in loose clothing or clothing with drawstrings face to the playground.

Surfaces

You might be aware of the fact more than 60% of the playground injuries are due to falls from commercial play equipment. Ensure that highly quality rubber mulch is installed under and around play sets to provide cushioning surface to kids.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Commercial Playground Equipment Buying Guide

Do not worry if you had never bought a playground equipment before. Here are certain things that would help you out in choosing the right play sets for your community or church park. See-Saw, Dome Climber, Swing Sets, Slides, Play House are some of the playground equipment. You can select the one for your community park on the basis of following factors.

Material Utilized - Metal, wood and plastic are the materials used to construct these play sets. You must ensure that equipment you are buying is made of durable raw materials so that it can be placed in the park for years on end. It should be sturdy and strong and can withstand the harsh weather conditions.

Quality - Do not compromise with the quality. Buy the equipment from International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) certified manufacturer. Make sure playground equipment is manufactured in accordance with the guidelines defined by Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM).

Safety - Ensure that the play equipment you opting for is installed with requisite anchors like hinges, bars & railing. Check that no pointy edge is left open in the play set.

Remember the size of the location where you going to install the children's playground equipment also plays an important role in the selection process. Start looking for the play sets only after measuring the size of the location. Hence, you would get an idea which play set would perfectly suit the location.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Why Buy Recycled Benches?

If you are planning to install some high quality benches in your playground or community park then we advise you to go for recycled outdoor benches. These certainly have an edge over regular benches that are constructed using wood, steel and aluminum.

Recycled benches are constructed using post-consumer material that includes waste plastic water bottles, plastic milk jugs and the like. These are compounded with permanent UV-stabilized colors and do not need to be resurfaced, painted, waterproofed and stained. Also, these have high moisture absorbing tendency and are considered more strong & durable than regular benches.

Recycled plastic benches are light in weight and can be easily moved from one place to another in park. Unlike regular benches made of aluminum, metal or wood, these do not crack, splinter or rust after a period of time. Moreover, these have weather resistant property; therefore, can easily withstand harsh climatic conditions. Manufacturers create the recycled benches in a wide variety of colors and designs. You can choose the one which can completely gel in the entire look of your park.

Before you buy one, ensure that manufacturer has designed it as per guidelines defined by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). To know further about recycled outdoor benches, you can contact AAA State of Play.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Why Install Recycled Rubber Mulch in Playground?

To ensure kids' safety, playground owners must install superior quality recycled rubber mulch under the play sets. Well placed mulch provides a safe environment in the playground and prevents the risk of probable injuries from falling to kids.

Recycled rubber mulch is formed after recycling a large chunk of old rubber materials like cycle tubes, van tiers, rubber pipes and many others. In the recycling process, all the impurities and imperfections are cleared to obtain high quality rubber. It is then de-vulcanized and shredded to obtain finest quality playground mulch.

It has an expected life term of approx. 20 to 25 years and is considered extremely durable. It is impact resistant and has high absorbing tendency as it soaks water quickly, providing non-slippery & dry surface to kids. Moreover, it inhibits the growth of weed & spread of rodent in and around the playground surface. Recycled rubber mulch is less prone to insect infestation and eliminates bacterial growth. It can be cleaned with mild soap and water easily & quickly. By placing the recycled rubber mulch under playground structure, you are ensuring safety for your kids.

Recycled rubber mulch is certainly a friendly choice. As this durable and safe playground surface also provides clean and attractive look to the area, you can install it in your garden.

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