Natural grass is safe, right? Not as much as you might think. In fact, artificial turf can be much safer in regards to falls.
Official Reports Show Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9.2 million children and youth from newborns to 19-years-old must get emergency room treatment for non-fatal injuries. While falls don’t account for the entire number of unintentional injuries, falls are included in the list of situations where children’s injuries must be treated in a hospital.
Artificial Turf Promotes Safety
The safety features of artificial turf on playgrounds are reasons why athletic fields and playgrounds have used it for decades. Natural grass can have items like rocks, sticks, and thorny weeds and all those things could potentially cause an injury to your child. This is especially true if your child is a rough-and-tumble, always-outdoors type of kid. Artificial turf can be a safer alternative for your child in three ways:
• The ground is level.
• There is no mud to slip on.
• There is plenty of cushion for falls.
• There are unknown objects in the yard that can cause injuries.
The Ground Becomes Level
Artificial turf installation creates a more level ground where it could have some unexpected dips and hills previously. Hills and dips can cause children, who typically don’t pay attention while they are playing, to fall. In an artificial grass installation, those installing it level the ground prior to installation. So, your children will play on a safe, level surface.
There will no longer be muddy areas in your yard with synthetic grass installation. Mud is slippery and contributes to falls, so reduction of it means your children will no longer slip because of it.
Artificial Turf Removes Dangerous Objects
Most yards with natural grass also contain things like rocks, sticks and other objects that can contribute to injuries in falls. Injuries include things like scrapes, cuts, and bruises. Installing artificial grass will remove all of those objects. The artificial turf backing covers the ground and prevents anything in the dirt from poking or growing through. This also contributes to safety.
Since weeds and other things are no longer growing through the artificial grass, your yard will no longer have things like sticker weeds that causes both aggravation and pain for children playing outside.
There Is Cushion
Artificial turf provides an excellent cushion for children when they do fall, which could reduce injuries. The blades are made of polypropylene and nylon, so they are comfortable and soft when falls occur.
The backing of synthetic grass offers a cushion system. Components like a polyester foam or rubber are used to make the base. Rubber or plastic recycling programs are sometimes utilized to make the backing system, which gives it both durability and safety.
Infills offer a certain amount of cushion also. Rounded silica granules are sand that is produced with no edges, so they won’t produce any cuts or scraps on children. The coating also provides a type of cushion that softens hard falls.
Crumb rubber infill offers significant protection from falls because of rubber springs, providing a bit of bounce in falls. This is why it is widely used in public playground areas. A crumb rubber infill will go a long way to prevent a childhood injury occurring in a fall.
Parents may find installing artificial turf will give them peace of mind knowing their children will be safer from accidents during playtime outside.