Impact protection flooring for walkways, sports- and playgrounds

by Ofentse Sefolo
Impact protection flooring for walkways, sports- and playgrounds

Playsafe is a range of safety and sports flooring. Following international trends, the brand offers a range of Impact Protection Slabs for internal and external areas that are the ideal surfacing for playgrounds, sports facilities and walkways.

If you are designing a playground or an area where impact absorption is needed, impact protection slabs offer an effective and affordable solution. The interlocking tile system allows for easy installation, which can be done without professional assistance. The slabs are placed in a T-joint configuration with integrated connector pins that secure the slabs in place while simultaneously offering protection against accidental movement and theft.

Affordable, durable and weather resistant options
There are a variety of SBR rubber or EPDM rubber colours to choose from. The SBR is cost effective while the EPDM offers a solution that will protect the flooring from harsh weather. Multi-colour slab mixtures, where two or three colours are combined, are also available as well as vibrant, fun options ranging from alphabet letters and numbers to design inlays that can be incorporated into a floor for an interactive learning space.

The Impact Protection Slabs allow children to play happily without risk of injury and give parents and educators peace of mind in terms of safety compliance as they offer impact protection from critical fall heights ranging from 0.60m to 3.0m. The impact protection slabs also pair with numerous fun rubber accessories for playgrounds.

When installing impact protection slabs, whether in a private residence’s play area, public park, school playground or sports facility, the product will ensure that the end user’s joints and ligaments are being cushioned while they are playing on the highly-durable and safe system. Impact protection slabs are best finished with corners and edge profiles.

Determining the thickness and placement of safety floors
When paired with the correct placement on a playground, safety compliance certification is an easy option. The thickness of the flooring as well as the placement will depend on the critical fall height of the playground equipment

The South African Determination of Critical Fall Height Standard, SANS 51177:2010, is the direct adoption and identical implementation of the International Standard, DIN EN 1177:2008. Worldwide and in Sub-Saharan Africa, Playsafe Impact Protection Slabs is the only surfacing system that is Pre-Certified and compliant to meet playground safety requirements.

Owner of Seamless Flooring Systems and founder of Playsafe, Jeremy Stewart, is the chairman of The South Africa Sports and Play Industry (SASPI), a governing body whose focus is on the construction of artificial/natural pitches, athletics tracks, sports courts and play surfaces in Southern and Sub Saharan Africa. SASPI’s goal is to promote quality, ethics and high standards within the rapidly expanding sport and play sector. The collective goal of SASPI, along with Playsafe, is to develop minimum standards for industry members and to monitor compliance.

For more information, contact Quartz Carpet on +27 (86) 178 2789 or via www.quartzcarpet.co.za.

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