June 08, 2009

Worries about crumb rubber surfacing and sand

This weekend, lots of folks in the news were talking about crumb rubber and sand safety surfacing.

First there were the people chattering about potential health hazards from using shredded tires as safety surfacing:

Denver Post
Chicago Tribune

Here's a snippet:

For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has endorsed the recycling of ground-up tires -- the material used for the Obama family's new White House playground -- to cushion the surfaces of children's playgrounds and sports fields. Now, the agency is having second thoughts.

And in Britain, they're concerned about the safety of sandpits and sandboxes:

Most have disappeared over fears that they pose a health and safety risk – with councils claiming poorly maintained sandpits sometimes contain broken glass, needles and are used by cat as a 'litter tray'.

It's important to choose the right safety surfacing for your playspace. Fortunately we have a handy guide to help you choose (pdf)!

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