What You Should Know About Equipment This Year
If you manage a playground, you want kids to have the best possible time while they’re there. That means it’s important to make the most informed purchases you can on your equipment. Your new toys and structures should be nice to look at and use without going overboard on your budget. While you’re shopping, keep track of the following elements.
Don’t Skimp on Safety
Unfortunately, playgrounds are a common place for kids to have little accidents. Any new gear you plan on buying should be as secure as possible. You particularly want to avoid any areas that are too sharp. Keep in mind that there can be safety issues that you haven’t considered, such as surfaces that become very hot in the sun or overly slippery from rain. It can be useful to look up different products’ safety ratings online.
Most of us have a relatively restricted budget when it comes to buying new equipment for our playgrounds. On the plus side, it’s possible to find high-quality equipment without spending too much if you know where to look. There’s no need to go for the cheapest possible alternative, of course.
Reliable, Long-Lasting Material
Don’t forget to look for equipment that’s made from solid, durable materials. Those investing in new playground equipment are likely expecting the new items to last up to a decade or longer. This equipment will be subject to harsh treatment over the years, as well as being exposed to the elements (in the case of outdoor playgrounds).
All this means that you shouldn’t skimp on quality materials to save a few dollars. In the worst cases, new equipment might last less than one full season if it is not up to the task. it can be a good idea to look for a long warranty with reasonable conditions.
Look for Variety
Children are easily bored, making it important that they have a range of options for their playtime. Take into account the range of ages and abilities in the children that will be using your play area. In the case of schools, children will be expected to use the same structures every single day during their lunch breaks and various recesses. You will want there to be variety not only in the types of activities they can enjoy, but also the colors and designs used in the different pieces of equipment. Some children will also want to devise their own games, so there should be lots of open space available as well.
As you can see, there’s more to buying new playground equipment than you might have thought. Hopefully, this article will help you see through the noise when you’re doing your research.