How do I Get Started?
To begin, please visit our home page and take a moment to CONTACT US . Our objective is to assist you to determine the appropriate product, topcoat selection and flooring transitions that meet the required wheelchair accessibility (ADA - ABA) using our unique continuous tapered and ramped edge. Our consultants, will help you determine the correct "Use Zone" and the correct "Critical Fall Height" for your facility. SafeLandings cushioned safety flooring products are UNIQUE and can help differentiate your school, child care center , church, religious center or any place children play.
What is a "Use Zone"?
A "Use Zone" is the floor surface area under and around any play equipment, climber, climbing gym slide, or loft onto which a child falling from or exiting from the equipment would be expected to land. ASTM standards and Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines dictate how many linear feet out from each play unit will be included in a "Use Zone", sometimes called a "Fall Zone". A "Use Zone" must be free of obstacles that a child could run into or fall on top of and possibly be injured.
What is "CRITICAL FALL HEIGHT"?
"Critical Fall Height" is the vertical space above the floor that is required to meet the safety requirements as set forth by the play equipment manufacturer. This is more fully described below:
The critical fall height of a playground surface is based on the height of the highest piece of equipment that a child can stand based on the intended surface the manufacturer of the play equipment has determined. This Critical Fall Height will match the appropriate level of safety required by the manufacturer from a system the has passed rigid testing at an independent laboratory certified to perform the testing under strict guideline. This is more fully described in the standard ASTM F-1292. The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard F 1292 provides testing results of products certified by a select group of independent and approved laboratories. Always ask for and receive a TEST RESULTS document that states the critical fall height of the safety flooring product you are purchasing.
SafeLandings products are all tested and meet the criteria for ASTM F 1292. Our products all have testing approved from 2 ft to 6 ft critical fall heights with a variety of topcoat products such as sheet rubber, special sheet vinyl and water resistant and waterproof carpet.
How is the Critical Fall Height Determined?
The most common way that playground surfaces are tested is by evaluating the shock absorbing properties of the surfacing material. This method involves dropping an instrumented metal head-form onto a sample of the playground surfacing material and recording the Head Injury Criteria and the G-Max. These results are found on each TEST RESULT document for each SafeLandings System product.
How is the Height of Playground Equipment Measured?
The critical fall height of equipment is determined by the distance between the highest designate play area (where the child would be standing at the highest point of normal play) of the equipment and the play surface underneath. Many pieces of play equipment have tops or coverings so the measurement would not be taken from that point but from the highest point where a child would be standing during normal play (from the bottom of a child's foot to the floor in inches - rounded to the next full "foot". For example, if the highest level is 38 inches, that is 3 feet and 2 inches. The critical fall height of the play equipment would be 4 feet.
Ask for a 4 foot critical fall height product from SafeLandings Worldwide. We are here to help! Call us at (800) 509-8888 with any question you may have.
Is Safety Flooring Required Indoors?
The US Consumer Products Safety Commission has notified all child care centers about the risks involved using lofts, climbing gyms and other play units indoors. SafeLandings® patented systems are the ONLY fully compliant indoor shock absorbing safety flooring products that meets all Federal, State and local standards and guidelines pertaining to life threatening or debilitating injuries resulting from a fall. All SafeLandings® systems meet the requirements and standards of ASTM, the indoor playground guidelines set by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the compliance criteria of the National Program for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) / Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) for accessibility.
Below is the text of the US CPSC document: CPSC Document #5119
Never Put Children's Climbing Gyms On Hard Surfaces, Indoors Or Outdoors
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning parents and daycare providers that children's plastic climbing equipment should not be used indoors on wood or cement floors, even if covered with carpet, such as indoor/out-door, shag or other types of carpet. Carpet does not provide adequate protection to prevent injuries. CPSC has reports of two children killed and hundreds injured at home and at day-care centers when they fell from climbing equipment placed indoors on cement, wood or carpeted floors (i.e. carpet without compliant shock absorbing cushion attached). Parents and child care-givers should put all climbing equipment outdoors on surfaces such as sand or mulch to prevent children's head injuries. Manufacturers of plastic climbing equipment are labeling their products with warnings to NEVER put the equipment on concrete, asphalt, wood, or other hard surfaces and that carpet (alone) may NOT prevent injury. For more information on child safety, call the Consumer Product Safety Commission at (800) 638-2772.
Why Can’t I Just Use Foam Mats?
Foam mats are difficult to clean, move around constantly and wear out quickly. Foam mat prices may or may not be lower, however, due to cheaply made components of the mats, including mats of recycled material, the quality is low.
The hygienic properties of mats are not in the same classification as SafeLandings System products, known to be the ultimate in safety and hygiene.
How Long Does SafeLandings System Products Last?
Each SafeLandings System is manufactured to last longer than 10 years with normal care and maintenance. All SafeLandings Systems are easy to clean, and each System is highly durable. SafeLandings impact absorbing systems are the most safe and hygienic indoor safety flooring products available on the market today.
What Makes SafeLandings® Systems Different From Other Flooring?
SafeLandings patented systems are the ONLY indoor shock absorbing safety flooring products that meets all Federal, state and local standards and guidelines pertaining to life threatening or debilitating injuries resulting from a fall. Also, with SafeLandings Systems' unique design and construction, all SafeLandings products are manufactured with LiquidBarrier a proprietary moisture barrier that is virtually water proof and impervious to fluids, which prevents spills and children's accidents from seeping below the topcoat level, making cleaning quick, easy, and thorough every time. This helps fight odors and formation of bacteria.
Furthermore, SafeLandings Systems are the most durable indoor shock absorbing flooring products available. Our unique safety flooring promotes safe and healthy solutions for play places giving parents and childcare providers the confidence the play area their children are playing on is safe.
How Do I Maintain My SafeLandings® Shock Absorbing Safety Flooring System?
To ensure long-term wear, carpet should be VACUUMED DAILY to remove dirt particles and prevent soiling. Vacuuming daily will not guarantee appearance retention when spills and accidents occur.
- WET STAINS/FLUID SPILLS: (especially spills or accidents with a high PH) should be cleaned up immediately using an absorbent white cotton towel or a dry sponge. Excess fluid should be removed from the carpet using a Wet/Dry Vac. Use of clean water to dilute the liquid is recommended followed by blotting with an absorbent white cotton towel.
The Steps: After an initial clean-up, blot the area with a dry white cotton towel to absorb the fluid from the spill or accident. Repeat the blotting with a dry towel until most of the spill or accident is removed. Always blot, never rub.
- DRY STAINS: Dry stains and marks must be removed daily using a spoon or dull knife, an absorbent white cotton towel, sponge or paper towel, and a spray bottle of clean water.
The Steps: After an initial clean-up, gently scooping solids with a spoon or dull knife as required, blot the area with an absorbent white cotton towel, sponge or paper towel. After blotting the area, you may use clean water or a non-residual commercial carpet cleaner (aerosol, dry or liquid), following the manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse thoroughly by spraying with clean water, followed by blotting or extraction with a cotton towel or wet-vac machine.
IMPORTANT: Remove dry stains, marks and chewing gum daily.
Carpet must be cleaned regularly by a CRI certified cleaner. As required by SafeLandings Worldwide, cleaning should be performed using a commercial hot-water extraction carpet-cleaning machine, one that is not based on a bonnet system. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for using the machine, including pre-treatments of heavily soiled or stained areas. Frequency of cleaning will depend on the ages of the children and how heavily the area is used. For average use levels, clean the carpet at least every one to three months. In no case should the SafeLandings System topcoat be cleaned less than once per year. For heavy use, clean soiled areas weekly or daily.
DO NOT use harsh chemicals, bleach or ammonia-based products on the carpet fibers without checking with SafeLandings Worldwide LLC to be safe. DO NOT SATURATE WITH LIQUIDS. When mopping or buffing adjacent hard surface floors, for longer appearance retention, care should be taken at transition edges to protect from damage. Hand wiping is recommended since damage to perimeter edges is not covered under the Warranty.
What is ASTM and Where Can I Find Information About it?
ASTM is the abbreviation for the American Society of Testing and Materials. This well respected organization has established the basic safety requirements for most products and items that people use or interact with for over 100 years. Please visit the ASTM website here.