One of the questions we hear often is, “Do I really need to put a fall surface under my swing set? I have a friend who just has their swing set on the grass in the backyard.”
Installing additional padding under your swing set might seem like a costly waste. After all, sand, pea gravel, various mulches, and rubber padding can add up and put an extra dent in your wallet that you may not have budgeted for.
A fall surface is, pure and simple, insurance. Sure, some people don’t use it and by luck, no one gets hurt.
But when it does happen, it really happens. Why put your child at risk?
We recommend using a fall surface under your swing set in order to prevent falls for your kids and their friends.
A variety of options include:
- Rubber mats
- Wood chips
- Rubber Mulch
- Pea Gravel
Here is a list of pros and cons for the variety of options for a fall surface. We recommend using rubber mulch or wood chips.
A fall surface can prevent major traumas like a broken limb, but they are also useful for preventing harsh bruises.
Aside from the physical wounds, using a fall surface can prevent emotional trauma. It’s scary when kids fall. We can’t prevent all the falls, but we can make it softer for them when they land.
Making your backyard play equipment safe will keep your children feeling safer in general, and avoid paranoia or fear if accidents are less traumatic.
Another reason to use a fall surface is to ensure to your friends that your backyard is safe.
When parents let their children play in your backyard you wouldn’t want them to feel unsafe. Having a fall surface under your swing set lets them know you are aware of safety hazards and that you are keeping watch on their little ones.
So, even if you’ve never had an accident on your swing set (and I hope you never do!) it’s wise to consider investing in some sort of soft fall surface to keep those arms and legs safe.