Call it a type of “homeland security.” When the playground at the White House was recently renovated, rubber mulch was installed as the new play surface. The White House chose rubber playground mulch not only to showcase the benefits of recycling but also for safety.

One of the leading causes of injury on playgrounds is falling from playground equipment. To minimize the frequency and severity of injury from playground falls, it is crucial to have certified playground surfacing. The surface under the playground equipment should be soft enough and thick enough to lessen the impact of a child’s fall.

Fortunately, the ASTM has set standards so you know which products will be safe for use as a playground surface. Rubber mulch is one of these beneficial products.

Rubber mulch, made from 100% recycled rubber tires, is resilient and virtually indestructible. While the initial cost of installing rubber mulch is higher than wood mulch, it is made to last for a lifetime. Rubber mulch is a safe, sturdy, economical choice for playgrounds. Its longevity far surpasses conventional mulches, which need annual replacement. Users of rubber mulch can save as much as 74% on mulching costs over a 10-year period.

The next time you need new playground surfacing, call Waupaca Sand & Solutions and ask about our Tuff N Tumble Rubber Mulch that meets ASTM1292 standards for head impact safety.

Written by Sharon Riesenbeck

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