Safety is a concern at playgrounds, from the way the equipment is maintained to the material used underfoot where children may fall. Fencing is another safety issue at playgrounds. Although not every playground has fencing, some people believe they should, particularly if they are on public property. Whether you’re considering fence installation around your playground in your backyard or are wondering if fencing could improve your community’s public playgrounds, here is what you need to know about the safety benefits.
Enclosing the Playground Area
The most obvious benefit of fence installation at playgrounds is that fencing can be used to enclose the playground area. The enclosure helps to keep kids who are playing inside the area and keep activities that are going on around the playground from spilling over into the play space. In backyards, privacy fences also add an extra layer of security by obstructing views of the playground and the kids there from outsiders. For public playgrounds, enclosing the play area with a fence also makes it possible to make rules specifically for that space.
Separating Age Groups
Fencing can also be used inside playgrounds to create separate play areas. For instance, if there is part of the playground that has small equipment designed for toddlers and another space with larger items for older kids, fencing can be used to delineate these areas clearly for kids and parents alike. Using a fence to create a zone for small children can be especially important for safety reasons, since it separates them from unsuitable equipment and accidental injuries caused by older kids.
Giving Parents More Time to React
Even the most vigilant parents can stop every potential hazard at the playground. Fencing adds a barrier that can slow down a child who is trying to run off or someone who shouldn’t be around a playground from entering, buying parents some additional time to react. For parents with multiple kids, grandparents at the park, and moms who are expecting another child, this extra time can be invaluable.
Paramount Fence offers residential and commercial fences in Chicagoland and can help you make the right choice about playground fencing. Dial 630-239-2714 with your questions about our selection, including metal fences and ornamental fences.