Playscapes, also known as playgrounds, provide opportunities for children to engage in active play, enhancing motor skills, coordination, and balance. Unfortunately, these spaces also have an inherent risk of injury due to falls. To mitigate these risks, playground designers and operators have turned to engineered wood fibre (EWF) as a safe alternative to traditional surfaces.
What Is Engineered Wood Fibre?
Engineered wood fibre is a specially designed surface material that provides a safe, impact-absorbing cushioning effect. It also offers traction and drainage to reduce slips and falls and is non-toxic and allergy friendly. EWF is made from wood chips and fibres that undergo a meticulous manufacturing process to ensure the highest safety standards. The resulting all-natural material is uniform and durable.
What Are the Benefits of Engineered Wood Fibre?
Let us explore the benefits of EWF in creating safe playgrounds.
Impact Absorption and Fall Protection
Fall injuries are the primary concern at playgrounds. EWF provides a reliable and forgiving surface that absorbs energy and protects children during play. The fibrous nature of the material reduces the force of a fall, significantly minimizing the risk of fractures, abrasions, or head trauma.
EWF provides a consistent surface, unlike natural surfaces like grass or dirt. This consistency is crucial for children with mobility impairments as it allows them to move around freely and participate in activities with their peers. Therefore, EWF meets accessibility guidelines, ensuring that all children, regardless of their physical abilities, can enjoy a safe and inclusive playscape experience.
Engineered wood fibre is designed to withstand various weather conditions throughout the year. Its excellent drainage properties allow water to permeate the surface and prevent puddles. Also, EWF naturally reflects heat keeping the surface cool for play in the summer, and it is resistant to freezing, ensuring playgrounds remain functional all-year round.
Low Maintenance and Longevity
Maintaining and keeping playgrounds safe can be time-consuming and costly. EWF offers a low-maintenance solution that does not require watering, mowing, or fertilizing. The material has a long lifespan, and regular raking and occasional topping up are sufficient to keep the playscape surface in optimal condition.
Sustainability and Environmental Friendliness
EWF is an eco-friendly option that aligns with sustainability goals. It is made from recycled wood materials, reducing the demand for new timber and minimizing waste. Playgrounds that use EWF ground cover contribute to environmental conservation and demonstrate a commitment to a greener future.
Where Can You Find All-Natural Engineered Wood Fibre in British Columbia?
At Klassen Wood Company, we understand the importance of a safe play space for your children. We prioritize the use of 100% natural engineered wood fibre that is carcinogen-free and certified by the International Play Equipment Manufacturing Association.